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Biofile Sugar Ray Leonard 1993


I did this Biofile by phone with Sugar Ray Leonard on March 15, 1993…

By Scoop Malinowski

DOB: May 17, 1956  In: Wilmington, SC

Ht: 5-10  Wt: 162

Childhood Role Model:  My dad Cicero. He was such a hard working man. I got inspiration from him.

Favorite Movies:  The Godfather movies. Scarface.

Favorite TV Shows:  Game shows, Wheel Of Fortune. 60 Minutes.

Hobbies/Interests:  Golf, tennis.

Early Boxing Memory:  When I was an amateur I was in Italy (age 18).  I was a young kid. We stayed at some kind of church in the mountains.  I strolled around the grounds and was standing near a monument. A little girl saw me, then ran away. She came back with other kids and they touched my hair and skin. I guess they never saw a black man before. Then there was a guide or instructor with them and they started to sing a song in Italian. It was very sweet.

First Job:  Working in the produce section at a Washington DC supermarket (age 15).

First Car:  1967 dark blue Chevy Nova. I paid for that car with my own money – $250.

Childhood Ambition:  To be successful. To be champ and to be in the movies. I’ve done one, now I’m working on the next one.

Musical Tastes:  Jazz, R&B, Blues, Country, Johnny Gill, Luther Vandross. Anything that stimulates me.

Favorite Meal:  Fried Calamari.

Favorite Breakfast Cereal:  Honey Nut Cheerios.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:  Macadamian Nut – Haagen Dasz.

Greatest Sports Moment:  Unifying the welterweight title versus Thomas Hearns. Beating Marvin Hagler. Nobody thought I’d beat Hagler. He didn’t think I could do it either. That was my Mount Everest. That was IT for me.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Vail, Colorado. For skiing. Maui.

Favorite Books:  Autobiography of Ray Charles. Kaffir Boy In America. A Taste Of Power. Homecoming.

Funniest Boxer Encountered:  Odell Leonard. Here was a guy who claimed to be my cousin. And he knew all of my relatives. He was a real character. And real strange.

Interesting Fact:  I’m extremely sensitive. Very benevolent, very caring. And committed.

Favorite Fight:  Salvador Sanchez TKO 8 Wilfredo Gomez. It was a great one. It was such an intense contest between two powerful, little men. Punch for punch. It was so exciting.

Favorite Boxers To Watch Today:  Mike Tyson, Pernell Whitaker.

People Most Admired:  Arthur Ashe. My father Cicero. And Nelson Mandela.

Future Ambition:  To be on the silver screen. Because I don’t want to be stereotyped. I’d like to do dramatic roles, to action/adventure, to comedy. Boxing wasn’t easy, it took years and years.  I think it’s the same with acting, the same energies to be applied.

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