This Day in Boxing

This Day August 12, 1979 Sugar Ray Leonard KOs Pete Ranzany

Sugar Ray Leonard KOs Pete Ranzany This Day August 12, 1979

Leonard one step closer to the welterweight crown




Sugar Ray Leonard 147 lbs

Pete Ranzany 147 lbs

TKO at 2:41 in round 4 of 12

Location: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Referee: Joey Curtis

Judge: Art Lurie

Judge: Harold Buck

Judge: Hal Miller

NABF Welterweight Title (6th defense by Ranzany)



Leonard was ranked second by the WBC, and Ranzany was ranked third.

Leonard made $150,000, and Ranzany got $75,000.

The fight took place at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion before a capacity crowd of about 4,500.

The fight was televised nationally on ABC on Wide World of Sports.

The Associated Press reported: “Both fighters rarely left the center of the 18-foot ring until Leonard backed Ranzany to the ropes with a flashing series of jabs followed by a half-dozen devastating hooks that put Ranzany down.”


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