Sugar Ray Leonard: ‘Boxing is Not Dead, We’ve Got So Much Talent’

Published 02/14/2021, 5:30 AM EST


The sport of boxing has seen trials ever since it came into inception. However, at the same time, there have been countless stars who’ve driven the sport to the apex and garnered millions of fans. Many boxing enthusiasts believe boxing has lost its charm. But according to one of the greatest pugilists, Sugar Ray Leonard, the sport still has its vibrancy in the form of some stout prospects.

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In a SiriusXM podcast, Sugar Ray Leonard talked about the sport and the captivating lightweight division that possesses some exemplary talents.

He said, “That division is spectacular. I wanna see them fight each other, that’s when you bring out talent. They say, ‘Boxing is dead.’ Boxing is not dead, we’ve got so much talent.” (h/t Michael Benson)

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Sugar Ray Leonard on US lightweights who some compare to the Four Kings: "That division is spectacular. I wanna see them fight each other, that's when you bring out talent. They say, 'Boxing is dead.' Boxing is not dead, we've got so much talent." [@SiriusXMBoxing & @DAZNBoxing] pic.twitter.com/nuixcdeP6I

— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 12, 2021

The lightweight division consists of top-tier undefeated boxers in form of Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, and Gervonta Davis. Each one of them has exhibited unparalleled dominance that has taken them to the summit.

Teofimo Lopez is the unified lightweight king, holding WBA, IBF, and WBO belts. Moreover, he’s also the WBC franchise champion. Whereas his rival Devin Haney is the WBC champion. ‘The Dream’ is already in talks to fight the newly crowned WBC interim champion, Ryan Garcia, by mid-2021.

Apart from these big names, there’s yet another scary lightweight, Gervonta Davis, who is the regular WBA champion. Something that’s even more enticing is all four of them share a significant beef with each other, seeming hungry to box each other.

This is principally why the whole lightweight landscape entices Sugar Ray Leonard. Many fans would share this sentiment with the boxing icon.

Sugar Ray Leonard shares great respect for lightweight young guns

The veteran boxer has a never-ending list of his favorite fighters from this generation. And the above statements are just proof of the same. He had some words of wisdom for the top-notch lightweight stars and wished to see them collide with each other.

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A fight between them will not only elevate their careers, but also hook in millions of fans to make the sport exciting.

The year 2021 is extremely vital for this division, as the aforementioned prospects might confront each other. This makes the lightweight division even more dynamic in the current era. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see who emerges as the top 135-pounder by the year-end.

What do you make of Leonard’s comments? Which fight in the lightweight roster excites you the most?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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