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Boxing – Welterweight Bout – Sugar Ray Leonard VS Marcos Geraldo


Marcos Geraldo is a retired Mexican boxer….who was Mexican champion at both middleweight and light heavyweight….who fought out of Baja California for much of his career.…whose first professional fight was in September 1970….a points defeat of Albaro Parra.  In 1977 he won the Mexico middleweight title by defeating Emetrio Villanueva by a knockout…..then after two successful defenses he moved up to the light heavyweight division by beating David Cabrera to become Mexico light-middleweight champion in November 1982. He also won the California State Middleweight title in 1978.  In 1979 he suffered a points defeat to Sugar Ray Leonard over ten rounds….with the same result a year later against Marvin Hagler….so, he went the distance with two legends of the ring during the golden age of boxing….being ranked in the top ten by both the WBC and WBA in 1980….when he fought another legend of this era in Thomas Hearns in 1982….losing this one by a first round knockout. 

Leonard ranked this fight Geraldo seen herewith…. as his fourth toughest in his career behind those against Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benitez, and Roberto Duran…. regarding Geraldo as the hardest puncher he had fought.  In 1985 Geraldo fought to a draw with Prince Mama Mohammed in a Stroh’s cruiserweight championship fight….then lost to another world champ Michael Nunn by a fifth round TKO….followed by a fight with Virgil Hill in 1987….which he lost by a second round knockout. He continued fighting until 1995….ending his professional career of over his 25-years with a record of 66 wins 29 losses with 47 KO’s.

This fight was an exceptional battle between a legendary boxer and a really good boxer…..that turned out to be one of the toughest tests of Sugar Ray Leonard’s career…..and a fight worthy of watching multiple times.

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