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Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956) is a retired American professional boxer. He was one of the leading boxers in the world in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning world titles at multiple weights and engaging in contests with such celebrated opponents as Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler. He was named after singing legend Ray Charles. Leonard was given the nickname "Sugar" by one of his amateur coaches in his hometown of Palmer Park, Maryland.

In November 1982 and 1991 he announced his retirement. Leonard was inactive in 1990, but came back in February 1991 to fight. Leonard was down twice and lost. He once again announced his retirement. In 1997, at 40, he launched his final boxing comeback. Years past his prime, Leonard was easily stopped by Hector 'Macho' Camacho in 5 rounds. This defeat was finally enough for him, and he has not fought since. Later that year, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.

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