Sugar Ray
Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray is a former professional boxer and motivational speaker from America. He is known as the best boxer of all times for winning titles in five weight divisions. In addition, Ray is an occasional actor who has acted in a couple of films. Ray won many titles during the time he was active in his career. He was also part of a group of boxers who fought each other in the 80s. They went by the name The Fabulous Four.

Quick Biography

Ray Charles Leonard was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was the son of Getha, who worked as a manager in a supermarket, and Cicero Leonard, who was a nurse. He was born in a big family of seven children, where he was the fifth born. His family moved Washington when he was three, and at the age of ten, the family permanently moved to Palmer Park, Maryland. He started boxing in 1969, at the Palmer Park Recreation Centre.

Quick Summary

Full Name/Real Name: Ray Charles Leonard
Age: 66 years old
Birth Date: 17 May 1956
Birth Place: Wilmington, North Carolina
Nationality: American
Religion: N/A
Parents: Cicero and Getha Leonard
Spouse: Bernadette Robi (m. 1993), Juanita Wilkinson (m. 1980–1990)
Children: Ray Charles Leonard, Jr., Camille Leonard, Daniel Ray Leonard, Jarrel Leonard
Height: 1.79 m
Weight: 72 kg
Profession: Retired boxer, motivational speaker
Net Worth in 2022: $130 million

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

Ray Sugar was born on 17 May 1956. That means that the former boxer is 66 years old. Being a former boxer, one would expect him to be heavily built, but he weight 72 kg, and he is 1.79 m tall. His other body measurements are not known to the public.

Education, School/College University

He attended Parkdale High School, where he was a very shy child. He had plans of going to college after he started competing in boxing, but he had to change plans to cater to his child’s support and also take care of his ailing parents.

Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views

Sugar Ray is the fifth child of Getha and Cicero Leonard. He had six other siblings. He is from the black ethnicity and American nationality. Ray is known to be a democrat, but his religious views are not known.

Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children

Sugar Ray With Wife Bernadette Robi
Sugar Ray With Wife Bernadette Robi

Sugar Ray married high school sweetheart Juanita Wilkinson in January 1980. The couple has two sons named Ray Jr and Jarrell. The couple separated and eventually divorced in 1990. Juanita testified that she was physically abused by her husband. Ray met his future wife in 1989, and they got married in August 1993. They don’t have a child together.

Relationship Statistics

marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced): Married
When did he get married? (married date): 20 August 1993
Does he have any relationship affair? No
Is Sugar Ray Gay? No
Wife/Spouse? (name): Bernadette Robi (m. 1993)
Kids: Ray Charles Leonard, Jr., Camille Leonard, Daniel Ray Leonard, Jarrel Leonard

Professional Life and Career

Before turning into a professional boxer, Ray was made a stockholder in the Sugar Ray Leonard, Inc. his debut in professional boxing was in February 1977 against Luis The Bull Vega. Ray emerged the winner through a unanimous decision.

Ray was unstoppable, and in 1978, he defeated Floyd Mayweather, who was ranked seventeenth. He went on and became the NABF Welterweight Champion in 1979. This was after he defeated Pete Ranzany. He defended the title against Dave Boy Green.

All was not a smooth ride for Ray, and he suffered a defeat in 1980 in The Brawl in Montreal. Roberto Duran defeated him in what was termed as a very tight match. In their rematch, Ray made Duran quit, and he was declared the winner. Leonard defended his championship in 1981 with a victory against Larry Bonds.

In 1982, he defended his title against Bruce Finch. That same year, Ray announced his retirement. He stayed out of the ring for only one year and made a comeback in 1983. He suffered his first knockdown in 1984. He was knocked down by Kevin Howard. The following year, Ray became the WBC Super Middleweight Champion. He officially retired from professional boxing in 1998, with a career record of 36-3-1.

Awards & Nominations

Sugar Ray was named the Fighter of the Year for four years by the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 1981 Ray was named The Boxer of the Decade. He as well won the Sportsperson of the Year Award from Sports Illustrated. To top it all, Sugar Ray was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1997.

Sugar Ray Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2022

Sugar Ray Net Worth
Sugar Ray Net Worth

Ray is among the most successful boxers in the world. His net value befits his fame and success. He has a net worth valued at $130 million as of August 2022. He got almost all his wealth from his career as a professional boxer. He has won many titles and championships as a professional. Though he is retired, he continues to enjoy a lavish lifestyle thanks to his wealth.

Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

Ray was criticized by some people after it emerged during the divorce proceedings that he used to physically abuse his first wife. He admitted having drifted in alcohol and drug abuse after retiring from professional boxing. Many people who adored him were very disappointed.

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

His Facebook page has around 1.3 m fan likes, and his Twitter account has around 1.5m followers. On Instagram account, he has around 900kfollowers, while on YouTube, Sugar Ray has around 2m subscribers.

Sugar Ray can be termed as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He is recorded to have won titles in five different weight divisions. He started boxing when he was still in high school and had to give up on plans to further his education to take care of his ailing parents. His dedication finally paid off, and today he is a true legend. His legacy lives forever.


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