Sugar Ray Leonard had some epic fights in his career. The most memorable was probably the one against Thomas Hearns 30 years ago, but his biggest fight no doubt was his addiction to cocain and alcohol. On July the 4th he will be clean and sober for five years.
“My way was drinking and cocaine, which I did a lot,” Leonard said. “Even a lot is not the right word to describe how much I consumed.” It was reported Leonard spent $250,000.00 in one year on cocaine alone which he called his ‘medicine’.
It’s all detailed in his new autobiography written with Michael Arkush, a book as candid as any you’ll ever read from a former athlete. He even tells of being sexually abused by a coach while in the amateurs, something that has haunted him all his life and part of the reason he turned to alcohol and drugs.
He did it to sell books, yes. But it was also part therapy, baring his soul to help with a long and painful recovery.