Carlos de León

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Carlos de León
Statistics
Real name Carlos de León
Nickname(s) Sugar
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1959-05-03) May 3, 1959 (age 55)
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 52
Wins by KO 32
Losses 8
Draws 1

Carlos de León, also known as "Sugar" de Leon, (born May 3, 1959) is a Puerto Rican former boxer who made history by becoming the first Cruiserweight to win the world title twice.  Subsequently, he kept breaking his own record for the most times as Cruiserweight champion by regaining it twice more.

Career[edit]

De León, a native of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, first won a world title when faced with WBC world champion Marvin Camel on November 25, 1980, at the undercard of Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán's second fight in New Orleans.  De León outpointed Camel over 15 rounds.  After he knocked out Camel in 8 in a rematch, countryman Ossie Ocasio won the WBA world title, becoming the second pair of Puerto Ricans to share world titles in the same division at the same time, after Alfredo Escalera and Samuel Serrano had achieved the feat in the 1970s at Jr. Lightweight.  De León lost his title in a shocking upset to former Gerry Cooney victim S. T. Gordon by a knockout in round 2 at Cleveland in 1982, and won a comeback fight versus former world Heavyweight champion Leon Spinks by a knockout in round six in 1983.  After that, he and Gordon boxed a rematch in Las Vegas, and De León dropped Gordon once in the first round and once in the twelfth, en route to a unanimous decision win in a history making bout: De León had now become the first boxer to win the world Cruiserweight title twice.

He defended his title against Yaqui López by a knockout in four at San Jose, California, and with decisions over Anthony Davis, José María Flores Burlón, and Bashiru Ali.  The Davis and Burlon bouts took place in Las Vegas and the fight with Ali was in Oakland, California.  De León next lost his title in Las Vegas to Alfonzo Ratliff by a decision.  Ratliff was in turn beaten by Bernard Benton, who defended against De León on March 22, 1986, once again in Las Vegas. De León joined the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali in becoming one of the few boxers ever to win one division's world championship at least three times, defeating Benton by decision.  He made a couple of defenses in Italy and then in 1988, lost his titles in a unification bout with WBA world champion Evander Holyfield, by TKO in the eighth round, also in Las Vegas. But Holyfield soon left the division to pursue the world Heavyweight championship, and De León was left with an open door to break his own record and win the title for a record fourth time.  He went to London, where he beat the WBC's number 2 challenger, Sammy Reeson, by a knockout in the Ninth round, breaking his own record and crowning himself world Cruiserweight champion once again.  This time, he held on to the title for two years, until losing it to Massimiliano Duran in Italy by an 11 round disqualification.

During the 1990s, De León ran afoul of the law a number of times, once while he was carrying a rifle. Today, he concentrates on helping the career of his son Carlos de León Jr.

Professional boxing record[edit]

53 Wins (33 knockouts, 20 decisions), 8 Losses (4 knockouts, 4 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 22-0 Denmark "Super" Brian Nielsen TKO 3 24/11/1995 Denmark Randers, Denmark
Loss 23-1 South Africa Corrie "Sniper" Sanders TKO 1 13/08/1994 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13-3-3 United States Bobby Arthurs MD 10 17/02/1994 Illinois Joliet, Illinois, United States
Win 3-14-1 United States Brian "J.P." Morgan PTS 8 14/01/1994 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 1-35-2 United States Jordan Keepers TKO 5 05/11/1993 Indiana Gary, Indiana, United States
Win 6-24-2 United States Andre Crowder KO 1 19/06/1993 Iowa Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 12-15-3 United States Joey Christjohn PTS 6 15/05/1993 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 3-34-1 United States James "Ahmad Gihad" Wilder UD 10 13/03/1993 Illinois Aurora, Illinois, United States
Win 10-47 United States Rocky Bentley UD 10 22/01/1993 Illinois Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 7-17-1 United States Bruce "The Truce" Johnson TKO 4 27/06/1992 Florida Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 13-2 Italy Massimiliano Duran DQ 11 27/07/1990 Italy Capo d'Orlando, Sicilia, Italy WBC World Cruiserweight Title. De Leon DQ'ed for hitting after the bell.
Draw 15-5 United Kingdom Johnny "Entertainer" Nelson PTS 12 27/01/1990 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 116-115, 115-115, 111-117.
Win 24-1 United Kingdom Sammy Reeson TKO 9 17/05/1989 United Kingdom Millwall, London, United Kingdom WBC World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:04 of the ninth round.
Loss 17-0 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 8 09/04/1988 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC/WBA/IBF World Cruiserweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 1:08 of the eighth round.
Win 84-9-7 Uruguay Jose Maria Flores Burlon UD 12 22/01/1988 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 119-110, 118-111, 118-110.
Win 9-8 United States Larry Phelps KO 1 01/08/1987 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Phelps knocked out at 1:33 of the first round.
Win 23-0-2 Italy Angelo Rottoli TKO 5 21/02/1987 Italy Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy WBC World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 28-5-3 United States Michael Greer TKO 8 10/08/1986 Italy Giardini Naxos, Sicilia, Italy WBC World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:43 of the eighth round.
Win 18-3-1 United States Bernard Benton MD 12 22/03/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 117-114, 114-114, 115-113.
Loss 19-2 United States Alfonzo Ratliff SD 12 06/06/1985 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 113-116, 117-114, 114-117.
Win 9-3-1 United States Dorcey Gaymon TKO 9 12/01/1985 Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba
Win 23-8 Nigeria Bash Ali UD 12 02/06/1984 California Oakland, California, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 118-112, 118-112, 117-111.
Win 15-1 United States "Marc" Anthony Davis UD 12 09/03/1984 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 115-112, 118-112, 118-113.
Win 61-13 Mexico Yaqui Lopez TKO 4 21/09/1983 California San Jose, California, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:51 of the fourth round.
Win 24-5 United States ST Gordon UD 12 17/07/1983 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 119-109, 119-109, 118-112.
Win 12-3-2 United States Leon Spinks TKO 6 06/03/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 28-13 United States Ivy Brown PTS 10 26/11/1982 Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 21-5 United States ST Gordon TKO 2 27/06/1982 Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:51 of the second round.
Win 40-3-2 United States Marvin Camel TKO 8 24/02/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 2-6-2 United States Greg Payne TKO 3 12/12/1981 Texas Houston, Texas, United States
Win 36-2-2 United States Marvin Camel MD 15 25/11/1980 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title. 145-142, 145-145, 145-141.
Win 24-10-1 United States Mario Rosa PTS 8 28/06/1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 8-2-1 Brazil Waldemar Paulino KO 1 25/04/1980 California Anaheim, California, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. Paulino knocked out at 0:28 of the first round.
Win 25-5-2 Republic of Ireland Christy Elliott TKO 4 25/09/1979 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 13-15-5 United States Willie McIntyre TKO 1 25/08/1979 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 19-25-2 United States Manny Freitas TKO 1 08/04/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17-6-3 Colombia Bonifacio Avila TKO 2 27/01/1979 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 12-11-2 Trinidad and Tobago Wendell Joseph PTS 10 18/11/1978 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
Win 8-10 The Bahamas Rennie Pinder TKO 3 26/09/1978 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 4-5-1 Trinidad and Tobago Roy Harry KO 1 08/09/1978 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States Harry knocked out at 2:14 of the first round.
Win 4-10-4 United States Tyrone Freeman TKO 3 08/04/1978 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the third round.
Win 12-25-5 United States Jesse "Chuey" Lara TKO 2 25/03/1978 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1-7 United States "Sugar" Ray Bryant TKO 5 28/01/1978 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 15-42-6 United States "Fast" Eddie Davis TKO 5 08/11/1977 Florida Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 0-1 Battling Douglas TKO 5 14/10/1977 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:12 of the fifth round.
Loss 11-2 United States "Sugar" Ray Hammond PTS 8 10/09/1977 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 5-2-1 United States Virgin Islands Mustapha Ali UD 10 29/07/1977 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States 97-95, 99-93, 99-94.
Win 12-38-6 United States "Fast" Eddie Davis TKO 3 25/06/1977 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 0-1 Antonio Colon TKO 6 12/02/1977 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 0-1 Carlos Soto PTS 8 11/10/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win -- Astor Agosto PTS 8 16/08/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 0-1 Dominican Republic Dario de Jesus PTS 8 19/07/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win -- Carlos Soto PTS 8 05/04/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Loss -- United States Roberto Colon PTS 4 15/02/1976 Puerto Rico Ponce, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 21-15-2 United States Larry Adkins PTS 8 15/09/1975 Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Win -- United States "King" James Jackson TKO 3 11/07/1975 Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Win 13-7-2 United States Cubby "Topcat" Jackson TKO 4 17/05/1975 Netherlands Antilles Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Win 0-1 Kid Gavilan TKO 6 05/04/1975 Netherlands Antilles Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Win -- Tripodi Guadalupe TKO 5 17/03/1975 Netherlands Antilles Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Win -- Vernon Laws TKO 3 02/11/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
Win 0-2 Jesse Torres TKO 2 19/10/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
Win -- Roy "Composer" Harris TKO 4 03/08/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States

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Achievements
Preceded by
Marvin Camel
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
November 25, 1980 – June 27, 1982
Succeeded by
S.T. Gordon
Preceded by
S.T. Gordon
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
July 17, 1983 – June 6, 1985
Succeeded by
Alfonso Ratliff
Preceded by
N/A
Inaugural champion
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
February 3, 1984 – June 6, 1985
Preceded by
Bernard Benton
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
March 22, 1986 – March 30, 1987
Recognition of division stopped
Succeeded by
Jean Marc Mormeck
Division reintroduced
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
Lineal Cruiserweight Champion

March 22, 1986 – April 9, 1988
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
Preceded by
Evander Holyfield
Vacated
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
May 17, 1989 – July 27, 1990
Succeeded by
Massimiliano Duran