Name: LEONARD, SUGAR RAY CARTOON ARTWORK (CIRCA 1984-BY BILL GALLO)
History: On February 15, 1982, Leonard defended the unified title against Bruce Finch, the WBC #4 contender. Leonard knocked him out in the third round. Leonard's next fight was scheduled to be against Roger Stafford on May 14, 1982 in Buffalo, New York. While training, Leonard started to see floaters. He went to a doctor and discovered that he had a detached retina. On November 9, 1982, after consulting with doctors, friends and family, Leonard invited Marvin Hagler and other boxing dignitaries to a charity event in Baltimore, Maryland. Standing in a boxing ring with ABC's Howard Cosell nearby, Leonard announced his retirement, saying a bout with Hagler would unfortunately never happen. Leonard maintained his eye was fully healed, but that he just didn't want to box anymore. Missing the limelight and the competition, Leonard announced in December 1983 that he was returning to the ring. Leonard boasted that he would have a couple of ten-round bouts and then take on Milton McCrory, Donald Curry, Durán, Hearns and finally Hagler. This decision was met with a torrent of criticism from fans and the media, who felt Leonard was taking unnecessary risks with his surgically repaired eye. Offered here is original cartoon artwork by noted cartoonist Bill Gallo depicting Sugar Ray leonard with ba target on his eyes suggetsing future opponents may zero in on them due his past injury with a deatached retina.
Full description: This is original cartoon artwork done on artist board. Name of artist Bill Gallo in lower right corner. Bold color and print. Bold, clear image. Not creased or torn. Clean front and back. very minor edge wear. 11" x 15."
Size: 11 x 15
Categories: Cartoon Art - Gallo, Bill - Leonard, Sugar Ray
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