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article imageSugar Ray Leonard writes of child sexual abuse

By KJ Mullins     May 18, 2011 in Sports
In Sugar Ray Leonard's upcoming autobiography, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring," he alleges that he was abused by a boxing coach during the 1970's.
According to Leonard the man only identified as a "prominent Olympic boxing coach" made him and another boy take a bath while he watched them in New York. Years later the same man assaulted the young boxer, then 15, in a car parked in a lot across from a rec center. The man has since passed away.
The Hollywood Gossip reports of the second incident:
The coach "unzipped my pants and put his hand, then his mouth, on an area that has haunted me for life," the former champion fighter writes, hauntingly.
He adds, "I didn't scream. I didn’t look at him. I opened the door and ran."
That incident and others during a hard childhood in Palmer Park, Maryland are all told in the autobiography. Leonard began boxing at the Palmer Park recreation centre in 1969 following his older brother Roger.
Leonard, 55, won a gold medal during the 1976 Olympic games and five world titles in five weight classes. He is the first boxer to earn over $100 million. During the 1980's he was named "Boxer of the Decade." Leonard starred this season on the show, Dancing With the Stars.
"The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring" was written by Michael Arkush. It is due to be released in June.
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