The Big Fight

  • by Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Arkush
  • Narrated by Sugar Ray Leonard
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself. Sugar Ray Leonard's brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.
Coming from a tumultuous, impoverished household and a dangerous neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, Sugar Ray Leonard rose swiftly and skillfully through the ranks of amateur boxing-and eventually went on to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. With an extremely ill father and no endorsement deals, Leonard decided to go pro.
The Big Fight takes listeners behind the scenes of a notoriously corrupt sport and chronicles the evolution of a champion, as Leonard prepares for the greatest fights of his life - against Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Wilfred Benitez. At the same time, Leonard fearlessly reveals his own contradictions and compulsions, his infidelity, and alcohol and cocaine abuse. With honesty, humor, and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle - and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage, and resilience, both in and out of the ring.

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Most Helpful

I have a greater respect for SRL than ever before!

He told his life story in such an inspiration so way that it makes me desire to worker even harder at becoming a better person.
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- DonaldQuixote

brilliant

it's amazing how people go through life with so many personal conflicts and are able to hide or suppress them. But to overcome them is something entirely different. look at yourself in the mirror without lying to yourself the way ray leonard did and conquer your biggest fears and conflicts. this book is simply amazing
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- patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio