This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs. Hector “Macho” Camacho

Written by Rob Scott

Sugar Ray Leonard’s Last Bout

Atlantic City – On March 1, 1997, “Sugar” Ray Leonard attempted to once again defy the odds and again step into the ring to compete.

Camacho vs. Leonard

Having once returned to the ring after a three year absence to face, and beat, reigning Undisputed Middleweight Champion, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, the now forty year old Leonard faced off with Hector “Macho” Camacho for Camacho’s IBC Middleweight championship at Atlantic City’s Convention Center. It was a return, this time after a six year hiatus from ring competition.

“Macho” Camacho Steps up Against the Odds

Leonard was a 7 to 5 favorite to win the fight, but Camacho changed the show from sweet as sugar to Macho Time, knocking Leonard down in the fifth round, then battering him when he got to his feet and the fight commenced. Referee Joe Cortez stopped the assault at the 1:08 mark into the round.  It would be Leonard’s very last match.

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