Leland "Sugar Man" Hardy

Name: Leland "Sugar Man" Hardy

    1983 Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Amateur Champion
    • Won the 1989 Madison Square Garden "Fight of the Year" which Boxing Scene Magazine included on its list of "Top 20 Fights of the 80's".
    • Many call the Hardy vs. Padilla match the greatest undercard fight of all time.
    • Represented Pennsylvania in the 1983 National Golden Gloves Championship.
    • Entered the Wharton School of Business and the Joseph Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he gained two master's degrees.
    • After his boxing career he worked at Wall Street and later became a succesful business manager, representing rappers and sports stars, such as Venus and Serena Williams.
    • won 4 (KO 4) + lost 4 (KO 4) + drawn 1 = 9 rounds boxed 22 : KO% 44.44
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9criQ6CBLug

    Favorite Book: "Uncharted Course - The Story of My Life" by Anthony Drexel Duke (with Richard Firstman)

    "My favorite book is "Uncharted Course - The Story of My Life" by Anthony Drexel Duke. It's the life story of my dear friend, (thenamesake of Drexel and Duke Universities, and cousin of Saint Katherine Drexel), who was a part of my mother's and aunt's parochial school education in Philadelphia. Tony Duke, despite being born of privilege, dedicated his entire life to helping underprivileged, particularly Black, inner-city children, through his Boys and Girls Harbor Foundation. Moreover, he sat at the feet of his grandfather, Edward Biddle, (of Bailey Banks & Biddle fame), the latter who had a boxing ring at his Philadelphia mansion and who started the boxing program at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Gene Tunney, the Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1926, credits Edward Biddle with turning him into a professional fighter."

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