Ray Charles Leonard is an American former professional boxer occasional actor and motivational speaker. Most people know him as Sugar Ray Leonard. He was born on May 17th, 1956 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the fifth of seven children that Cicero and Getha Leonard have. But what is the net worth of Sugar Ray Leonard in 2019? Keep reading to find out.
Early Life & Biography
Sugar Ray was named after his mother’s favourite singer Ray Charles. Leonard’s family moved to Washington D.C when he was only three years old and settled here in Palmer Park Maryland when he was ten years. Leonard’s father worked as a supermarket night manager, and his mother was a nurse.
Leonard went to Parkdale High School. It is said that he was a shy child and upon nearly drowning in a creek in Seat Pleasant, Maryland he preferred to stay at home a lot. At home, he loved reading comic books and playing with the dog. His mother said that Leonard never liked to talk a lot and they did not know what was going through his mind; however, he did not give his parents a hard time in school.
While young, his parents were not that well up and art times they would suffer financial stresses. He would at times trek from North L Street to Washington Monument. He would even check trash cans to see whether he could find leftovers to munch.
There was a day when Leonard revealed that he was a victim of sexual abuse as a child, by some of his coaches that he trusted so much. He then turned to drugs and alcohol to mask the shame and anger of being a victim of such abuses.
Leonard is a married man, having married his childhood sweetheart Juanita Wilkinson in 1980. Though they separated ten years later, the two has two children from their marriage. In 1993, Leonard married Robi, and they are currently living together with their four children in Southern California.
Career, Awards & Nominations
He began boxing in 1969 at the National Park recreation centre along with his elder brother Roger. He got trained by Dave Jacobs and Janks Morton who volunteered as Leonard’s volunteer coaches. He faced his first defeat in 1972 during the quarterfinals of the National AAU Tournament. He played in the featherweight against Jerome Artism. In 1973, Leonard became the winner of the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship, however, was defeated by Randy Shields in the National AAU Lightweight Championship finals that year.
Ray withdrew from the WBC Super Middleweight Championship in January 1990 but made a comeback for the IBC Middleweight Championship in 1997 when he fought Hector Camacho and lost.
He got inducted to the ‘International Boxing Hall Of Fame’ in Canastota New York. To date, he is the first ever boxer to have won world titles in up to five different weight classes.
Net Worth & Earnings
As previously mentioned, Sugar Ray Leonard is a retired professional boxer occasional actor and also a motivational speaker. His net worth currently is estimated to be $130 million. He is thought to have earned his net worth as one of the world’s best boxers to have won titles in up to five weight classes. Other than this, his other endeavours such as being an occasional actor and motivational speaker have also contributed immensely to his wealth.
Though he finally hung his boots, we can see a person who did whatever he had to, to his level best. He being a motivational speaker means that he has experienced the best and the worst life can offer. He has been through drugs and out of it; also he was a victim of sexual exploitation by the people he trusted more. He knows how it feels to be raised in a humble family with little or nothing to eat at all. However through it all, he has turned the tables and is leading a life that needs to be emulated by everyone.