The Big Fight

My Life in and Out of the Ring

by Sugar Ray Leonard and Michael Arkush

The Big Fight

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My Life in and Out of the Ring
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The International Boxing Hall of Fame icon shares the story of how he rose from impoverished origins to become a national Golden Gloves champion, Olympic gold medalist and top-rate pro, offering insight into such topics as his professional relationships, exposure to sport corruption and struggles with addiction. 75,000 first printing.

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When it comes to boxing, few can claim to have been both feared in the ring and loved outside it like Sugar Ray Leonard. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. In two decades as a professional boxer, he became a champion in five different weight divisions. He's also credited with keeping boxing relevant to a new generation of fans. But behind that bankable personality and magical smile was a far more complicated personal story, which comes out in Leonard's new autobiography, The Big

Sugar Ray Leonard is a 1976 Olympic gold medalist. Deborah Wald hide caption

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Welterweight boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, pictured above in August 1979, laughs as he tapes his hands before a workout in the boxing ring at the community center in Capitol Heights, Md. AP hide caption

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