Sugar Ray Leonard Says He Was Sexually Abused By A Coach

On his 55 birthday, former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, says he was sexually abused as a young fighter. He talks about it in his autobiography   “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring”.  In an article written by The New York Times, the Hall of Famer says that he was assaulted by an unnamed “prominent” Olympic boxing coach, who has since died.

The 5-time champion writes that the first assault happened when he was 15 years old when he was competing at a tournament in Utica, N.Y.  It happened again several years later, in which Leonard writes it  “has haunted me for life. ”  The autobiography is set to go on sale next month.