RARE Sugar Ray Leonard vs Dave "Boy" Green WBC welterweight championship of the World official on-site 18 page programme SIGNED by Sugar Ray Leonard and legendary trainer Angelo Dundee billed, "The Champ Comes Home", 31st March 1980, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.
Condition excellent (minor small creases to spine)
Leonard W TKO 4
* The fight was shown live in prime time on ABC-TV. The telecast featured four World title fights from three different locations. The first two fight were in Knoxville, Tennessee: Eddie Gregory stopped Marvin Johnson to win the WBA light heavyweight title, and Mike Weaver knocked out John Tate to win the WBA heavyweight title. Leonard was up next, knocking out Green in Landover, Maryland. In the final fight of the night, Larry Holmes TKO'd Leroy Jones to defend the WBC heavyweight in Las Vegas, Nevada.
* Leonard was making his first defense of the WBC welterweight title, which he won four months earlier against Wilfred Benitez.
* This was Green's second shot at the WBC welterweight title. In his first title try, Green was stopped in eleven rounds by champion Carlos Palomino on June 14, 1977.
* Green was ranked tenth by the WBC.
* Leonard was a 6 to 1 favorite.
* Leonard made $1.4 million for the fight.
* There was a crowd of about 12,000 at the Capital Centre.
* Leonard put the British challenger on his back for the count with a devastating left hook in the fourth round. Green was down for several minutes.
* Angelo Dundee. Leonard's trainer, was on his way to the post-fight press conference when he ran into Joe Saunders, described as a "hanger-on" in the Leonard camp. Dundee told him to move out of the aisle, and Saunders punched Dundee in the mouth, knocking him to the floor. Dundee was checked for a possible concussion, and Saunders was taken into police custody.
Sugar Ray Leonard vs Davey "Boy" Green 1980 - Rounds 3 & 4
Equipped with speed, ability and charisma, Sugar Ray Leonard, filled the boxing void left when Muhammad Ali retired in 1981.
With the American public in search of a new boxing superstar, Leonard came along at precisely the right time.
Leonard was named Fighter of the Decade for the 1980s. And why not. He entered the decade a champion and left a champion. In between, he won an unprecedented five World titles in five weight classes and competed in some of the era's most memorable contests.
There were few things Leonard could not do once the bell rang.
But what he did best was analyze his opponents and devise a strategy to overcome them. He found a way to beat stylists, sluggers and brawlers. And beneath that flashy surface was a competitor with the remorseless ability to put an opponent away when they were hurt. There were few better finishers in boxing.
Leonard surfaced in the public's imagination after winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. He won the WBC welterweight title in 1979 after stopping fellow Hall-of-Famer Wilfred Benitez in a violent chess match that pitted two of the game's master technicians.
After one successful defense, Leonard faced legendary lightweight champion Roberto Duran in what may be the most anticipated non-heavyweight fight in history. In a fast-paced battle, Duran dethroned Leonard with a unanimous 15-round decision. Leonard regained the title when Duran quit in the eighth-round of their rematch.
In 1981, Leonard climbed the scale and knocked out junior middleweight champion Ayube Kalule. He then returned to the welterweight division for a unification showdown with WBA champ Thomas Hearns. Leonard and Hearns waged a memorable war but Leonard, behind on all three scorecards, managed to knock Hearns out in the 14th round.
After one more fight, Leonard, suffering from a detatched retina in his left eye, retired. He returned to the ring in 1984 and knocked out Kevin Howard only to retire again.
After nearly three years of inactivity, Leonard returned again and pulled off the Upset of the Decade when he outpointed Marvin Hagler to win the middleweight title in 1987. Leonard added titles four and five in November 1988 when he recovered from an early knockdown to stop power-punching Canadian Donny Lalonde. At stake that night was Lalonde's WBC light heavyweight title and the vacant WBC super middleweight title.
Leonard made two successful title defenses of the super middleweight title, fighting to a controversial draw with Hearns and decisioning Duran in their third and final encounter.
Leonard retired again, but could not stay away. At age 34, he challenged WBC super welterweight champion Terry Norris in 1991. He was dropped twice and lost by unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden.
The former five-division champion announced his retirment in the ring immediately after the Norris fight. But in March 1997, he launched another unsuccessful comeback, which ended via a fifth-round TKO to Hector Camacho. It was the first time Leonard had ever been stopped.
This Philadelphia native learned the intricacies of the sweet science while watching the great trainers ply their trade at Stillman's Gym in New York in the late-1940s.
The first World champion he worked with was Hall-of-Famer Carmen Basilio, who held the welterweight and middleweight crowns. Dundee, along with his brother Chris, a Hall of Fame promoter, eventually relocated to Miami Beach and was the chief trainer at the World-renowned Fifth Street Gym.
While in Miami, Dundee's career flourished. In 1960, Dundee was hired to train Muhammad Ali and he remained in Ali's corner until his fight with Larry Holmes. Dundee, a quick thinker and master motivator in the corner, helped Ali get through some of his toughest fights.
In addition to Ali, Dundee has trained champions Jimmy Ellis, Luis Rodriguez, Sugar Ramos, Ralph Dupas and Willie Pastrano.
In 1976, Dundee was asked to help shape the career of Sugar Ray Leonard. Again, Dundee was instrumental in building a boxing legend and Hall of Famer. Few boxing fans could ever forget his "You're blowing it son" pep talk to Leonard just before he knocked out Thomas Hearns to unify the welterweight crown.
The Boxing Writers Association of America named Dundee its Manager of the Year in 1968 and 1979. He was also the recipient of the organizations Long and Meritorious Service Award in 1996.
Most recently, Dundee was in the corner of George Foreman when he knocked out Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight title.
Dave "Boy" Green (born David Robert Green on 2 June 1953) from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, a small fenland town and boxed as the "Fenland Tiger".
In his youth at Cromwell School he was keen on football and cross-country but took up boxing in 1967 joining the Chatteris Amateur Boxing Club. His trainer was Arthur Binder who had taught Eric Boon, a famous local boxer. In 1969, Green won the National Federation of Boys' Clubs championship. Green had 105 amateur contests winning 74 with 33 inside the distance.
In 1974, Green turned professional under the guidance of Andy Smith his manager. It was the same year (26 October 1974) he married Kay Curson of Sutton.
On 1 June 1976, Green entered the ring in a tiger-skin dressing-gown to win the British light-welterweight Championship (Lonsdale Belt) against Joey "The Jab" Singleton of Liverpool with powerful hooks to the head and body. Though receiving stinging jabs all the while. Singleton was the better boxer, but Green's power began to show. The crowd wanted Green to deliver his "muck spreader" punch but his boxing lead to a retirement in 6th round.
On 7 December 1976 Green took on the Pride of Paris Jean-Baptiste Piedvache for the European light welterweight championship. Green was staged in the 8th round but Piedvache's left eye was closing. With a strong right and left hooks Green retired Piedvache in the 9th round while ahead on points. It was Green's 22 straight win with 18 inside the distance.
Dave "Boy" Green fought John H. Stracey on 29 March 1977 at Wembley as a final eliminator to challenge for the WBC title. Stracey was a former WBC World champion from the tough East End of London and it was anybody's fight. But Green's desire for victory won through as Stracey's left eye started to close. There could be no doubt Green had earned a shot at the WBC title.
Dave Boy Green took on Henry Rhiney a Jamaican who boxed out of Luton winning with a 5 RSC. It was an all British fight with all the tickets sold. The bout started at a terrific pace both men going toe-to-toe. A solid right to the head of Rhiney lead Mr Nathan to stop the fight. Green was a dual European Champion the first Englishman since Ted "Kid" Lewis in 1920.
Due to money the WBC Champion Wilfred Benitez contracted to fight Sugar Ray Leonard. That meant Green had to defend his European title against the experienced 36 year old Dane Jorgen Hansen on the 28 June 1979. Looking for a quick finish Green left himself open being KO in the 3rd round by a vicious right. Being a true sportsman Green applauded Hansen when the belt was presented.
Dave Boy Green's first WBC welterweight bout was on 14 June 1977 against Carlos Palomino of Los Angeles at Wembley London. Fortunes swayed with Green digging deep his left eye closing but Palomino boxed superbly to win by a left-hook KO in 11th round. It was the first time Green had been floored as a professional.
The final challenge for the WBC welterweight belt happened on 31 March 1980 against the holder Sugar Ray Leonard at the Capital Centre Landover, Maryland USA, which Green lost by a KO in the 4 round. The Times Newspaper reported " Leaning forward, dipping to left and right so that either hand could hit with equal venom, Leonard struck Green with a left and followed up quickly with a right-left-right, that started a clangour in Green's head, and the Briton crashed on to his back at the same place in the ring where Carlos Palomino had sent him topping backwards" Green showed lots of spirit but he did not have the answer to Sugar Ray Leonard's masterly boxing skill and timing.
Dave Boy Green's final bout 3 November 1981 was at the Royal Albert Hall against Reg Ford a New York based Guyanan who was a one time sparring partner to Thomas Hearns. Andy Smith retired Green in the 5 round with cuts and closing left eye. It was the correct decision to end Green's career when his fans remembered him as one of Britain's most popular and exciting fighters. Green was active when Leonard, Hearns and Duran fought at any other time he would have most likely been a World Champion.
Currently Green is Chairman of Renoak Limited in Chatteris, a company he founded with Bob Emerson. Dave takes part in charity golf events and is a respected member of the local community. His success can be summed up by Sugar Ray Leonard, "Dave was a brave fighting man who never gave less than one hundred per cent whenever he put the gloves on. He is a warm human being who does tremendous work for charity, and I'm thrilled he has made such a success in business".