History | Nov 07 2016

On This Day: Sugar Ray Leonard overcomes a spirited Donny Lalonde to win world titles in two weight divisions

Matt Bevan regales a historic night for the slowly fading Sugar Ray Leonard
Untitled-1

ON November 7 1988, Sugar Ray Leonard took on Donny Lalonde in an attempt to become the second man after Thomas Hearns to become a five-weight world champion.

The two men clashed for the WBC light-heavyweight belt, held by Lalonde, as well as the brand new, inaugural WBC super-middleweight title at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Historians and fans scoffed at the new title, but no matter. It was Leonard’s first fight for 19 months, and just his third fight in seven years, but he was still expected to make around $15m.

Register now to keep reading

We're chuffed that you are enjoying our website. To continue reading and to help us to provide the best coverage and a great online experience please take a few moments to register. You'll be able to read more online content and get the latest news via the Daily Jabs newsletter.

For unlimited access to all our award-winning content including exclusive subscriber-only stories and a digital archive of editions back to January 2012 you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in