Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard to Speak
at SMU Athletic Forum Luncheon
DALLAS, TEXAS - The SMU Athletic Forum welcomes boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard to Dallas at noon on Tuesday, April 8. Leonard is the featured speaker at the final event of the 14th season, The Guaranty Bank Luncheon, which will take place in the Regency Ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel.
Leonard first captured the hearts of Americans when he won a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. After that he won championships in five weight classes and was the first fighter to earn more than $100 million in purses.
Since retiring in 1997, Leonard remains active in the boxing business through his company, Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, Inc., which stages monthly fights on ESPN. He also devotes much of his energy to the Sugar Ray Leonard Youth Foundation, which educates children about the danger of drug abuse, gangs and violence.
Media availability begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Fairmont. All luncheons begin at noon with Scott Murray, Sports Director of NBC 5, as Master of Ceremonies. The SMU Athletic Forum also annually produces the Doak Walker Award, the National College Running Back Award, which was presented this year to Larry Johnson of Penn State, along with the PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award, which was presented to Earl Campbell.