History | Feb 05 2020

On This Day: Educating Sugar Ray Leonard

On the anniversary of Sugar Ray Leonard's professional debut we look at original Boxing News ringside reports and pick out seven crucial learning fights on the way to his first world title
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1. SUGAR RAY LEONARD vs LUIS VEGA (Baltimore – February 5, 1977):

Olympic light-welterweight gold medallist Sugar Ray Leonard clearly outpointed Puerto Rican Luis “The Bull” Vega in his professional debut over six rounds.

Leonard impressed with his nimble footwork and fast punching. He shook Vega several times but the Puerto Rican kept on doggedly till the end.