CURRY ON RAY LEONARD

The two never did meet in the ring

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“I MEAN, Su­gar Ray Leonard was do­ing Su­gar and Don­ald Curry was do­ing Don­ald. Su­gar was a lit­tle older than I was. My el­dest brother [Bruce Curry] got me into box­ing. Ray beat Bruce to go to the Olympics. I saw all the af­fairs he had at the Olympics and af­ter turn­ing pro, and he was the man. I’d seen him beat my brother and I used to han­dle my brother a lot eas­ier than Ray did. In my mind I was think­ing, ‘I can get this guy.’ I think he knew that too. Ray had fought [Roberto] Du­ran, [Wil­fred] Ben­itez, [Thomas] Hearns and been through some wars. Here was this young guy com­ing up and he knew how bad he was when he was com­ing up. Now he was a vet in the game and I don’t think he wanted to risk that. That’s how much re­spect that Ray Leonard [right] had for me. He wanted to jump in front of me to fight Marvin Ha­gler be­cause he thought I could beat him.”

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