Sugar Ray Leonard/AP photo by Darron Cummings
All-time great Sugar Ray Leonard on July 15 will spend an hour with fans during a meet and greet at a Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio that will feature Pablo Cesar Cano (29-5-1, 21 KOs) of Mexico taking on KeAndre Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) of St. Louis in the welterweight main event.
Fans with tickets to the card will be able to mingle with Leonard from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Special Events Center.
Cano-Gibson will be televised live on Estrella TV beginning at 7.
Thomas Hearns, right, throws a body punch at Sugar Ray Leonard during their September 1981 fight in Las Vegas/File photo courtesy of Getty Images
Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns were in a few big fights of their own. The first of two they had against one another – in September 1981 outdoors at Caesars Palace – was a classic as Leonard came from behind to stop Hearns in the 14th round of their welterweight title fight.
This Saturday’s welterweight title fight between champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and Shawn Porter at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on CBS) isn’t as anticipated as Leonard-Hearns, but Leonard and Hearns themselves can’t wait to see it.
“Just the heart of Keith and Shawn,” Leonard said, when asked what excites him most about this fight. “Both of these guys have heart and both have that will. That composure. You can’t teach composure. It’s something that you either have or you don’t. You can’t learn that. That deep, deep composure when your left eye is closed and your liver is busted and you got to get up (off) the canvas.”
Hearns intimated it could be an early exit for someone.
“I know Thurman and Porter have the ability to get each other out of there,” he said. “It’s going to be a matter of who gets to who first. I’m definitely watching. I hope to be there in person.”
Thurman, 27, is 26-0 with 22 knockouts. Porter, 27, is 26-1-1 with 16 knockouts.
“No Mas,” a documentary chronicling the two 1980 welterweight title fights between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, will premiere tonight at 5 (Pacific time) on ESPN.
Duran won their first bout via 15-round decision June 20, 1980 in Montreal. Five months later, on Nov. 25 in New Orelans, Leonard won via 8th-round TKO when Duran quit, saying “No mas.”
This documentary, by Emmy award-winning director Eric Drath, will air as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.
Saturday night’s inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony has sold out, and those lucky enough to get a ticket figure to have a grand time.
Among those being inducted at the event at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino are Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez. The late Diego Corrales will be enshrined posthumously.
“We are gratified by the amazing reaction to our efforts in establishing the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” founder Rich Marotta said. “It has surpassed our expectations.
Referee Mills Lane is among those being inducted into one of the non-fighter categories.
Also, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be presented with one of four resident Fighter of the Year awards.