Early ’80s Sugar Ray Leonard Bout-Worn Shorts (vs. Roberto Duran; w/Angelo Dundee LOA)Go Back
Early ’80s Sugar Ray Leonard Bout-Worn Shorts (vs. Roberto Duran; w/Angelo Dundee LOA)
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Sugar Ray Leonard has accomplished about everything a boxer can. Gold medal, check. Championship belts, check. A lasting legacy in the sport’s history, an emphatic check. One of boxing’s most celebrated figures, Leonard wore these trunks when he entered the squared circle in the early ’80s. Photos on Getty Images (78952047) show the former Olympian wearing this style against Dave “Boy” Green in a WBC Welterweight Championship match March 31, 1980. They were also worn when Leonard faced arch-nemesis Roberto Duran later in the year. This was the first encounter between Leonard and Duran.
When the life of the trunks was finally exhausted, they were secured by Leonard’s long-time trainer Angelo Dundee. A letter of authenticity states: “I Angelo Dundee, was given these trunks by Sugar Ray Leonard after a fight against Roberto Duran…These shorts were worn by Sugar Ray. They have been in my possession ever since. This is the first time they have ever been offered for sale.” A PSA/DNA sticker and matching certificate authenticate the letter signed by Dundee.
These satin trunks are a treasure of boxing history. Blue and red stripes race down the sides. “SUGAR” is crafted across the front of the waistline (ribbed) in gorgeous chenille. While the St. Louis Cardinals have a claim on aesthetics in baseball jerseys, Sugar Ray adopted it on his shorts. The stripes have bled minimally and exhibit a pinkish hue in spots – undoubtedly from post-fight launderings or from an abundance of sweating.
Fight-worn relics are almost non-existent. Once in awhile one or two will surface, this is first match-worn Leonard accessory we’ve ever seen, with perfect provenance as well.
Angelo Dundee Letter
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