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Sugar Ray Leonard 'sexual abused as teen by his trainers'

London, Fri, 23 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 23 (ANI): Former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard has revealed in his autobiography that he was sexually assaulted by two of his amateur trainers in his early teens.

In his book 'The Big Fight', Leonard tells about how he, a poor black kid won an Olympic gold medal and turned professional only to earn money to pay for his sick father's medical bills.

"Ray earned millions through his slick skills, power punching, film-star good looks and charisma. He gave the impression he was a happily married man. But he had many dark secrets," the Sun quoted acclaimed boxing writer Colin Hart as saying.

"If they had been made public at the time, his image would have been shattered.

"Leonard was scarred psychologically in his early teens when two of his amateur trainers on separate occasions sexually assaulted him," he said.

As soon as the big money started to roll in, he became a serial womaniser and admitted treating first wife Juanita and their children disgracefully.

"It's difficult to understand how he managed such success in the ring while being addicted to alcohol and cocaine. None of this would have been revealed if Leonard, now a grandfather in his mid-fifties, had not written his autobiography," Hart said.

Reading his book, 'The Big Fight', it's obvious Leonard has for years wanted to cleanse himself by telling the truth. Being a Hollywood-style celebrity set him on the road to drug and alcohol abuse. He spent nearly 200,000 pounds-a-year on cocaine.

But he is even more ashamed of how his behaviour wrecked his marriage to Juanita and alienated their two sons.

He cheated on his wife with military precision, renting an apartment near the family home for the purpose.

About those days, Leonard said: "Until one has experienced the full range of pleasures that most people are denied their whole lives, and that includes sex with breathtakingly beautiful women, one has no concept of how alluring they can be."

"If I had not been rich and famous, those women would not have given me the time of day," he added.

Leonard has now found peace and contentment with second wife Bernadette and their two children.

The Big Fight, published by Ebury Press, is out in paperback at 11.99 pounds. (ANI)


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