In 1972, Leonard boxed in the featherweight quarterfinals of the National AAU Tournament, losing by decision to Jerome Artis. Later that year, he boxed in the Eastern Olympic Trials. Olympic Boxing Team, said to Dave Jacobs, "That kid you got is sweet as sugar". However, given his style and first name, it was probably only a matter of time before people started calling him Sugar Ray, after the man many consider to be the best boxer of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson.
The rules stated that a boxer had to be seventeen to box in international competition, so Leonard, only sixteen, lied about his age. In 1973, Leonard won the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship, but lost to Randy Shields in the lightweight final of the National AAU Tournament.
After Louis began hanging out with a local gang, Lillie sought to keep her son out of trouble by having him take violin lessons.“She said, ‘You’re single, you’re not shy, you should go for it’, and basically twisted my arm. “Plus, I’m one of only three pro boxers in Ireland, I think I scrub up well and I have loads of personality. “I suppose it’s a good hook, someone who dresses up all girly but then gets into the ring and fights.” Harvey is currently prepping for her next fight at the National Stadium next weekend, after demolishing her last opponent in just 37 seconds — but her date didn’t seem to be too intimidated by her brawling background. But you’ll have to wait and see tomorrow night what he had to say about it.“He is a fitness model himself so he knows, in a way, the life of a pro athlete,” she added.Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), best known as Joe Louis and nicknamed the "Brown Bomber", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951.He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.A source closer to the boxer told Mail Online: 'He literally has no idea who she is. Anthony doesn't watch TV, so he wasn't aware she is on Geordie Shore.'She claimed their dalliance began when they met at a boxing event but she was left feeling dejected when it was last month that he was the father of a secret child with on/off girlfriend Nicole Osbourne. Chantelle claimed the pair met at a boxing event where he allegedly asked for her number and was later disappointed to learn that he had fathered a son with his on/off girlfriend Nicole Osbourne Chantelle - who has caused several arguments in the Geordie Shore house for dalliances with Scotty T and Aaron Chalmers - added that she initially had to win over the heavyweight boxer, who was allegedly told not to trust her.