This Day in Boxing

Sugar Ray Leonard Beats Willie Rodriguez This Day May 14, 1977

 

Sugar Ray Leonard Beats Willie Rodriguez This Day May 14, 1977

 

  • Sugar Ray Leonard 141 lbs
  • Willie Rodriguez 139 lbs
  • UD in round 6 of 6
  • Location: Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Referee: Terry Moore 30-23
  • Judge: Tom Kelly 30-23
  • Judge: Ray Klingmeyer 30-24

 

Notes

The fight had been scheduled for April 2, but it was postponed when Leonard suffered a cut lip while sparring three days before the bout.

The fight attracted a crowd of 6,826 to the Civic Center, which acted as the promoter.

Leonard earned more than $40,000, while Rodriguez made $1,500, plus expenses.

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

Rodriguez was given a standing eight-count in the third round.

The fight was scored on the five-point must system

The Associated Press scored the fight 30-24 for Leonard.

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