#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

February 04, 2014 | Luke Jones

4. Sugar Ray Leonard, boxing

Born in North Carolina before finally settling in Palmer Park when he was 10, Leonard would excel at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal before becoming one of the most decorated fighters in the history of the sport. Winning the gold in the light welterweight division, Leonard was part of a group that included Leon and Michael Spinks and was regarded by many as the greatest boxing team in Olympic history.

With a variety of amateur championships prior to his triumph in Montreal, Leonard would become the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses and would win world titles in five different divisions. However, it was his decorated amateur career — which included a 145–5 record with 75 knockouts — that landed him on the list of greatest local Olympic sport athletes. He was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985.


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