Sugar Ray Leonard Says He Was Abused

Boxing champ confesses to being sexually victimized in new book.

Posted: 06/10/2011 12:51 PM EDT
Filed Under Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing’s sweet as sugar champ says he was victimized sexually by a nameless coach. These revelations are expressed in Sugar Ray Leonard’s new book, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, which debuted Tuesday, June 6. Spilling everything in this autobiography, the 55-year-old retired fighter speaks candidely of his infidelities, drug problems and sexual abuse, Yahoo! Sports reports. Careful not to spill too much, such as the name of the coach whom he alleges abused him, the gold medalist tells Yahoo! Sports, “I could state what happened to me without going further and naming names and creating more pain for anyone else.”

 

While Leonard doesn't name names, he does drop a clue in the book; the assault supposedly took place at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, where he was preparing for the title. The other clue is the person was a boxing coach.

 

Regarding his battle with drugs, Leonard is said to have not had even a drink in almost five years. It seems he dealt with his abuse by trying to escape using alcohol and drugs. However, with the release of his new book, the former fighter is hoping he can finally heal.

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