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Sugar Ray’s Big Fight: Inside the World of Boxing

Evening Lecture

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.
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How did a shy kid raised in Palmer Park, Md., become a legendary fighter with a fistful of world championships? Hear this knockout of a story from Sugar Ray Leonard, who’ll take you inside the ring for an intimate look at the sport and the business of boxing.

Leonard talks about what makes the body—and the mind—of a fighter tick as he reminisces with his trainer Janks Morton and Washington PR veteran Charlie Brotman, both of whom have been with him since the beginning of his career. He’ll recall his years of intensive training; his transition from Olympic gold medalist to professional boxer; and some of his most memorable bouts.

He’ll also share the tough lessons he learned under the bright lights of the arena and the glare of celebrity, as well as how his work as a mentor to young boxers in the Metropolitan Washington area gives him a very personal stake in the next generation of champs.

Phil Hochberg, a longtime local stadium announcer, moderates. Leonard will sign copies of his autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring.

Watch a video of Janks Morton talking about training Sugar Ray Leonard.


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