Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is coming to New Zealand to help promote the fight between Kiwi heavyweights Shane Cameron and David Tua.
Fight promoters Duco announced Leonard's looming appearance at a press conference attended by the two New Zealand boxers in Auckland on Wednesday.
Leonard, 53, will have a speaking engagement in Auckland on September 1 where Kiwi boxing enthusiast Sir Bob Jones will also be involved. There will also be a question and answer session with Tua and Cameron as they lead into their highly anticipated fight on October 3.
An Olympic light welterweight champion in 1976, American Leonard went on to be one of the professional greats winning world titles in multiple weight divisions and enjoying intense rivalries with Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran.
He finished with 36 wins from 40 fights with 25 knockouts. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame and was named fighter of the decade for the 1980s.
In recent times he has hosted the TV reality boxing series, The Contender.
Cameron and Tua will finally take to the ring at Hamilton's Mystery Creek in early October after the fight was postponed because of a hand injury to Cameron. The promoters said ticket sales were encouraging and they announced a TV deal to take the fight into Australia.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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