On This Day: Sugar Ray Leonard overcomes a spirited Donny Lalonde to win world titles in two weight divisions

ON November 7 1988, Sugar Ray Leonard took on Donny Lalonde in an attempt to become the second man after Thomas Hearns to become a five-weight world champion.

The two men clashed for the WBC light-heavyweight belt, held by Lalonde, as well as the brand new, inaugural WBC super-middleweight title at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Historians and fans scoffed at the new title, but no matter. It was Leonard’s first fight for 19 months, and just his third fight in seven years, but he was still expected to make around $15m.

It was also Leonard’s first fight without revered trainer Angelo Dundee in his corner. The two parted ways due to a money dispute and Leonard was trained by Janks Morton and Dave Jacobs for the upcoming fight with Lalonde.

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