> > Hi everyone here in the RSB!! I have been lurking here for sometime.
> > There have been assesment about Duran, Arguello, Monzon, Hagler but nothing
> > about Leonard. I just want to know what peolple think or feel for him.
> > Is he that good as the hype said about him? any opinion or imformation about
> > him I'd appreciate greatly.
> > Alex
> Nat Fleischer rated Benny Leonard as the greatest lightweight of
> all-time, for what that's worth.
> The Sanity Cruzer
Oops, I didn't read the 'subject'. Ray Leonard was a great welterweight. Once he moved
up in weight, IMO he looked for certain advantages in order to win titles. With Hagler,
it was a 12 round limit (as opposed to 15) and fighting just part of a round to 'steal'
the decision (and a bad decision it was). Against Donnie Lalonde, he made the
light heavyweight champ come in at (?) 168 pounds, so Ray could win the newly formed
super middleweight championship at the same time a the LH title. That along with
weakening the 175 lb. Lalonde. In Hearns II, he got another gift decision (shades of
Ali, late in his career). Even when he came back against Kevin Howard, Howard was doing
real well (probably winning the fight), and as soon as Leonard hurt Kevin, they stopped
the fight and gave Leonard the victory.
Sugar Ray turned out NOT to be the 'sweet' man he had been made out to be.
The Sanity Cruzer