10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

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10 Gold-Medal Knockout Kings: USA's Boxing Legacy

It this weekend's medal failure is any indication, we no longer rule the ring. USA Boxing hasn't won a heavyweight gold since '88—and nothing at all in this year's Olympic Games. But forget the present. Here are the top 10 boxing superheroes from our

Sugar Ray Leonard, Welterweight to Light Heavyweight, 36-3-1

Gold Medal – 1976 Olympics, Montreal, Canada

Champion in five weight classes

Sugar Ray Leonard ushered in the big-money era of pro boxing, becoming the first fighter to earn $100 million in purses. His fights with Tommy Hearns and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler both earned “Fight of the Year” honors by The Ring magazine and he earned the prestigious “Boxer of the Decade” award for the 1980s.

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