Sugar Ray Leonard Takes London Sporting Club Dinner by Storm


One of the greatest sportsmen of all time was the star of the show last night in London's Knightsbridge in front of a packed, star-studded audience at the London Sporting Club's Gala Dinner.

Sugar Ray Leonard was in spellbindingly good form as he talked about his life and times in and out of the boxing ring as everyone in the filled-to-the-rafters ballroom at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower clung on to his every word. His interview was the finale of a fantastic night which also saw the likes of Graeme Souness, Les Ferdinand, Troy Deeney, Derek Redmond, Jamie Baulch and a host of former boxers including Michael Watson and "Snatch" star Scott Welch in the house. 

Funds were raised for Best Beginnings - CEO Alison Baum made a speech - and for WBC Cares, the auction expertly led by the hilarious Adrian Davis, and the silent auction by Jamie Baulch.

But the main man was, of course, Sugar Ray. The LSC were honoured to stage such a night with such a star.

Former world 400m Jamie Baulch

The great Sugar Ray Leonard

LSC Chairman Ian Stafford and football legend Les Ferdinand

Football legend Graeme Souness entertains

Best Beginnings CEO Alison Baum inspires the audience

Former British Heavy Weight Champion Scott Welch

Sugar Ray Leonard, Graeme Souness and Les Ferdinand in conversation

The stage is ready at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel

Alison Baum with Sugar Ray Leonard

LSC Chairman Ian Stafford and with rugby league legend Andy Gregory

The Sugar Ray Leonard Interview

Rugby League legend Martin Offiah enjoying the night

Ray Leonard junior talks about his illustrious father

Job done. Relaxing in Sugar Ray Leonard's suite

Darek Redmond's father Jim, famous for his Olympic YouTube film, explains the story

Former QPR, Newcastle, Spurs and England striker Les Ferdinand

Chairman Ian Stafford meets Sugar Ray Leonard

With former boxer Michael Watson

Auction led by Adrian Davis

Former 400m World Champion Darek Redmond

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