Today, I sit down with the champ himself, Sugar Ray Leonard, for an action packed interview about charity and fisticuffs.
Luke: Tell me a little about your charity foundation.
Champ: I work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I wanted to make an impact with whatever celebrity I have to give back. My father is diabetic, so it feels good to make a difference.
In 2009, Sugar Ray Leonard testified along with Nick Jonas in front of Congress about the importance of funding continued research into a cure for diabetes.
Luke: Now, you were a part of the legendary 1976 Olympic boxing team—
At this moment, Sugar Ray’s eyes light up.
Champ: Those were phenomenal times!
Luke: It has been called the greatest US Olympic boxing team ever. I assume you agree.
Champ: Absolutely, the talent was the greatest.
Luke: In your opinion, has any team since come close?
Champ: No way.
For our readers who are unfamiliar, the 1976 US boxing team won five gold medals and featured four boxers who would later go on to be professional world champions (including Sugar Ray Leonard.)
Luke: How does the state of boxing today compare with your heyday?
Champ: No comparison. Back then, you wanted to be the best by beating the best. That’s what made Ali/Frazier so great. Today, the media is much more involved. It’s more of a business. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Luke: Do you see that changing?
Champ: Yes, because every decade or so there comes a guy out of nowhere that elevates the game; a fighter that shakes things up.
Luke: And who is that guy now?
The champ hesitates for a moment and grins.
Champ: Well, I could name someone, but I don’t want to jinx him.
Luke: Good call, Champ. Good call.
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Posted on October 20th, 2010