My Life In and Out of the Ring
On Sale: June 6, 2011
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In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing
legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself.
Sugar Ray Leonard's brutally honest and uplifting memoir
reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex
man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship
winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle
with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.
Coming from a tumultuous, impoverished household and a
dangerous neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.,
in the 1970s, Sugar Ray Leonard rose swiftly and skillfully
through the ranks of amateur boxing-and eventually went on
to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. With an extremely
ill father and no endorsement deals, Leonard decided to go pro.
The Big Fight takes readers behind the scenes of a
notoriously corrupt sport and chronicles the evolution of a
champion, as Leonard prepares for the greatest fights of his
life-against Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and
Wilfred Benitez. At the same time Leonard fearlessly reveals
his own contradictions and compulsions, his infidelity, and
alcohol and cocaine abuse.
With honesty, humor, and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes
to terms with both triumph and struggle-and presents a
gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage, and
resilience, both in and out of the ring.
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