Carlos de León

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Carlos de León
Statistics
Real nameCarlos de León
Nickname(s)Sugar
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
NationalityPuerto Rican
Born (1959-05-03) May 3, 1959 (age 60)
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights61
Wins52
Wins by KO32
Losses8
Draws1

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.[1] 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]

Professional record summary
62 fights 53 wins 8 losses
By knockout 33 5
By decision 20 2
By disqualification 0 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
62 Loss 53–8–1 Denmark Brian Nielsen TKO 3 (8) 24/11/1995 Denmark Randers, Denmark
61 Loss 53–7–1 South Africa Corrie Sanders TKO 1 (10) 13/08/1994 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
60 Win 53–6–1 United States Bobby Arthurs MD 10 17/02/1994 Illinois Joliet, Illinois, United States
59 Win 52–6–1 United States Brian Morgan PTS 8 14/01/1994 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States
58 Win 51–6–1 United States Jordan Keepers TKO 5 (?) 05/11/1993 Indiana Gary, Indiana, United States
57 Win 50–6–1 United States Andre Crowder KO 1 (8) 19/06/1993 Iowa Davenport, Iowa, United States
56 Win 49–6–1 United States Joey Christjohn PTS 6 15/05/1993 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
55 Win 48–6–1 United States James Wilder UD 10 13/03/1993 Illinois Aurora, Illinois, United States
54 Win 47–6–1 United States Rocky Bentley UD 10 22/01/1993 Illinois Countryside, Illinois, United States
53 Win 46–6–1 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 4 (10) 27/06/1992 Florida Miami, Florida, United States
52 Loss 45–6–1 Italy Massimiliano Duran DQ 11 (12) 27/07/1990 Italy Capo d'Orlando, Sicilia, Italy Lost WBC cruiserweight title
51 Draw 45–5–1 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson SD 12 27/01/1990 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Retained WBC cruiserweight title
50 Win 45–5 United Kingdom Sammy Reeson TKO 9 (12) 17/05/1989 United Kingdom Millwall, London, United Kingdom Won vacant WBC cruiserweight title
49 Loss 44–5 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 8 (12) 09/04/1988 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles.
For WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles
48 Win 44–4 Uruguay Jose Maria Flores Burlon UD 12 22/01/1988 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
47 Win 43–4 United States Larry Phelps KO 1 (10) 01/08/1987 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained lineal cruiserweight title
46 Win 42–4 Italy Angelo Rottoli TKO 5 (12) 21/02/1987 Italy Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
45 Win 41–4 United States Michael Greer TKO 8 (12) 10/08/1986 Italy Giardini Naxos, Sicilia, Italy Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
44 Win 40–4 United States Bernard Benton MD 12 22/03/1986 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
43 Loss 39–4 United States Alfonzo Ratliff SD 12 06/06/1985 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
42 Win 39–3 United States Dorcey Gaymon TKO 9 (10) 12/01/1985 Aruba Oranjestad, Aruba Retained lineal cruiserweight titles
41 Win 38–3 Nigeria Bash Ali UD 12 02/06/1984 California Oakland, California, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
40 Win 37–3 United States Anthony Davis UD 12 09/03/1984 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
39 Win 36–3 Mexico Yaqui Lopez TKO 4 (12) 21/09/1983 California San Jose, California, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
38 Win 35–3 United States ST Gordon UD 12 17/07/1983 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
37 Win 34–3 United States Leon Spinks RTD 6 (10) 06/03/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
36 Win 33–3 United States Ivy Brown PTS 10 26/11/1982 Texas Houston, Texas, United States
35 Loss 32–3 United States ST Gordon TKO 2 (15) 27/06/1982 Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
34 Win 32–2 United States Marvin Camel TKO 8 (15) 24/02/1982 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
33 Win 31–2 United States Greg Payne TKO 3 (10) 12/12/1981 Texas Houston, Texas, United States Retained lineal cruiserweight title
32 Win 30–2 United States Marvin Camel MD 15 25/11/1980 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Won WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
31 Win 29–2 United States Mario Rosa PTS 8 28/06/1980 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
30 Win 28–2 Brazil Waldemar Paulino KO 1 (12) 25/04/1980 California Anaheim, California, United States WBC cruiserweight title eliminator
29 Win 27–2 Republic of Ireland Christy Elliott TKO 4 (12) 25/09/1979 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
28 Win 26–2 United States Willie McIntyre TKO 1 (10) 25/08/1979 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
27 Win 25–2 United States Manny Freitas TKO 1 (?) 08/04/1979 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
26 Win 24–2 Colombia Bonifacio Avila TKO 2 (10) 27/01/1979 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
25 Win 23–2 Trinidad and Tobago Wendell Joseph PTS 10 18/11/1978 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
24 Win 22–2 The Bahamas Rennie Pinder TKO 3 (10) 26/09/1978 Florida Miami Beach, Florida, United States
23 Win 21–2 Trinidad and Tobago Roy Harry KO 1 (10) 08/09/1978 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
22 Win 20–2 United States Tyrone Freeman TKO 3 (10) 08/04/1978 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
21 Win 19–2 United States Jesse Lara TKO 2 (?) 25/03/1978 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
20 Win 18–2 United States Ray Bryant TKO 5 (10) 28/01/1978 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
19 Win 17–2 United States Eddie Davis TKO 5 (10) 08/11/1977 Florida Orlando, Florida, United States
18 Win 16–2 Battling Douglas TKO 5 (10) 14/10/1977 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
17 Loss 15–2 United States Ray Hammond PTS 8 10/09/1977 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
16 Win 15–1 United States Virgin Islands Mustapha Ali UD 10 29/07/1977 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
15 Win 14–1 United States Eddie Davis TKO 3 (?) 25/06/1977 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
14 Win 13–1 Antonio Colon TKO 6 (?) 12/02/1977 Puerto Rico Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
13 Win 12–1 Carlos Soto PTS 8 11/10/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
12 Win 11–1 Astor Agosto PTS 8 16/08/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
11 Win 10–1 Dominican Republic Dario de Jesus PTS 8 19/07/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
10 Win 9–1 Carlos Soto PTS 8 05/04/1976 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
9 Loss 8–1 United States Roberto Colon PTS 4 15/02/1976 Puerto Rico Ponce, Puerto Rico, United States
8 Win 8–0 United States Larry Adkins PTS 8 15/09/1975 Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
7 Win 7–0 United States James Jackson TKO 3 (?) 11/07/1975 Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
6 Win 6–0 United States Cubby Jackson TKO 4 (?) 17/05/1975 Netherlands Antilles Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
5 Win 5–0 Kid Gavilan TKO 6 (?) 05/04/1975 Netherlands Antilles Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
4 Win 4–0 Tripodi Guadalupe TKO 5 (?) 17/03/1975 Netherlands Antilles Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
3 Win 3–0 Vernon Laws TKO 3 (?) 02/11/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
2 Win 2–0 Jesse Torres TKO 2 (?) 19/10/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
1 Win 1–0 Roy Harris TKO 4 (?) 03/08/1974 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carlos de León - Lineal Cruiserweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Marvin Camel
Lineal Cruiserweight Champion
November 25, 1980 – June 27, 1982
Succeeded by
S.T. Gordon
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
November 25, 1980 – June 27, 1982
Preceded by
S.T. Gordon
Lineal Cruiserweight Champion
July 17, 1983 – June 6, 1985
Succeeded by
Alfonso Ratliff
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
July 17, 1983 – June 6, 1985
Inaugural champion The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
February 3, 1984 – June 6, 1985
Preceded by
Bernard Benton
Lineal Cruiserweight Champion
March 22, 1986 – April 9, 1988
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
March 22, 1986 – April 9, 1988
The Ring Cruiserweight Champion
March 22, 1986 – March 30, 1987
Recognition of division stopped
Succeeded by
Jean Marc Mormeck
Division reintroduced
Vacant
Title last held by
Evander Holyfield
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
May 17, 1989 – July 27, 1990
Succeeded by
Massimiliano Duran