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For the Record
May 30, 2011
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May 30, 2011

For The Record

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Revealed

By former world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, allegations of sexual abuse, which are detailed in his forthcoming autobiography, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, due out next month. In the book Leonard, 55, writes that a prominent unnamed Olympic boxing coach watched him bathe in hot water and Epsom salts when Leonard was 15 and later attempted a sexual advance while sitting in a car in a deserted parking lot. "I didn't scream," Leonard writes of the incident. "I didn't look at him. I just opened the door and ran." A champion in five weight divisions during the 1970s and '80s, Leonard credits Diff'rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges's courage in revealing the sexual abuse that he suffered in childhood for convincing the boxer it was time to come forward. Writes Leonard in the book: "I realized I would never be free unless I revealed the whole truth."

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