Most boxing greats can't hold a candle to Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard won world titles in five weight divisions

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard won world titles in five weight divisions

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Sugar Ray Leonard is making his first-ever visit to Bradford in an event that is set to wow the city’s fight fans.

The American boxing legend, 56, won world titles in five weight divisions and defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler to be named “Boxer of the Decade” for the 1980s.

He will be the special guest at the Cedar Court Hotel on Thursday, March 14, when he will take part in a question-and-answer session as part of an action-packed evening.

Tickets for the event include a four-course meal, a top comedian, sports auction and raffle and live music entertainment.

The appearance of Sugar Ray, who has four children and lives in Southern California with his wife Bernadette, is undoubtedly the star attraction.

The night is being organised by Stephen Oleksewycz of OlexyFresh Promotions, based in Sowerby Bridge, and ticket prices start at £30 with VIP deals also available.

Oleksewycz said: “Sugar Ray Leonard is among the most sought-after motivational and inspirational speakers in the world today.

“His speech, titled ‘POWER’ (Prepare, Overcome, and Win Every Round) is consistently booked with major Fortune 500 companies in the United States and abroad.

“Furthermore, Leonard has always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need.

“He participates in a variety of international causes benefiting charities.

“On the evening, boxing fans will witness a live keynote speech and interview with one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century, whose very name epitomises boxing and conjures the image of a champion.

“The event at Bradford’s Cedar Court Hotel will allow boxing fans to rub shoulders with one of the greatest athletes in history of sport.”

Dress code for the event is smart evening wear and a percentage of auction profits will be donated to the Candlelighters charity.

OlexyFresh Promotions have so far raised over £4,000 for charity from previous events.

Tickets for the event can be bought online at or from the ticket hotline on 01274-406606 or 0754-6407545.

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