An evening with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will visit Guernsey on 10th June to talk about his career and help raise funds for Guernsey Mind and the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation.
Sugar Ray Leonard is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, winning world titles in five different weight classes as well as the Olympic Gold at the 1976 Olympics. Leonard was part of the famous ‘Four Kings,’ a group of exceptional boxers consisting of Leonard, Roberto Duràn, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
Leonard will talk about his iconic bouts from this Golden Era of the sport, as well as other memories from his career.
The evening, held at the Duke of Richmond hotel, will include a question and answer session and all guests will be presented with a complimentary copy of the OPUS WBC Greatest Fights book, and every ticket holder will have the chance to meet Leonard and have an official photograph taken with him.
The evening will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, which funds research and awareness for childhood diabetes, and Guernsey Mind. A host of extraordinary and unique prizes will be available including the chance for eight people to visit Leonard at his home in LA for a day’s boxing training with him before a night out on the town. Further prizes include the opportunity to play golf with Sugar Ray and have lunch with him at his house.
Leonard said: “I’m so excited to visit Guernsey on June 10th to share some memories of my career and raise some vital funds for the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and Guernsey Mind. I have never visited the Channel Islands but have heard a lot about them and understand there is a strong amateur boxing scene on the island, so I am really looking forward to meeting some of the island’s up and coming stars on what we hope will be a fun evening at The Duke of Richmond Hotel”
Maddy Diliigent from Guernsey Mind said: “It is a great honour for Guernsey Mind to have been selected by Sugar Ray Leonard as a beneficiary of his visit to Guernsey. We know the people of Guernsey will be excited by the chance to meet a true sporting icon and hear stories from his incredible career. Some of the auction prizes on offer are truly remarkable and will help raise vital funds to support our work in the Baliwick, especially after the increased strains of the pandemic”
Karl Fowler, CEO of OPUS said: “Being able to invite and bring one of the all time greats like Sugar Ray Leonard to Guernsey has been a long time in the making and we are just thrilled that Ray is coming for what we hope will be a most memorable evening. We are also so happy to be able to support such a wonderful Guernsey charity such as Guernsey Mind.”