Sugar Ray Leonard heading to St Helens

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is set to be the guest of honour at a Steve Prescott Foundation fundraiser
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is set to be the guest of honour at a Steve Prescott Foundation fundraiser
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Hall of Fame boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is set to be the guest of honour at a forthcoming Steve Prescott Foundation event.

The five-weight world champion - arguably one of the most famous sporting names in the world - will take part in a question and answer session at a special fund-raising lunch at Sutton Leisure Centre on March 22.

During a glittering career, he beat legendary opponents such as Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran and now works as an analyst for major television companies in his native United States.

The 58-year-old started out by winning Olympic gold in 1976 before being named Boxer of the Decade by Ring magazine in the 1980s.

He said: “I am very much looking forward to coming to St Helens to support The Steve Prescott Foundation. I’ve heard Steve was a remarkable man.

“I look forward to meeting many of my north west fans in the UK. I am also honoured to share the stage with World Middleweight Boxing Contender Martin Murray.

“It would be great to see the World Middleweight Championship Belt again!”

Martin Murray, who is set to fight champion Gennady Golovkin for the world title in Monte Carlo next month, said: “Like many boxers Sugar Ray Leonard was one of my heroes as a child. He is one of the reasons I put on the gloves.

“I can’t wait to meet him and help raise funds for the charity I hold close to my heart. I hope to bring the belt with me. It is going to be a fantastic occasion.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now, priced £55 and upwards.

To book your tickets, go online at www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk/shop