Carlos De León, also known as "Sugar" De Leon, (May 3, 1959 – January 1, 2020) was a Puerto Rican 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 the title on two further occasions.

Carlos De León
Statistics
Nickname(s)Sugar
Weight(s)Cruiserweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
NationalityPuerto Rican
Born(1959-05-03)May 3, 1959
Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
DiedJanuary 1, 2020(2020-01-01) (aged 60)
Buffalo, New York
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights61
Wins52
Wins by KO32
Losses8
Draws1

CareerEdit

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, on the undercard of Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán's second fight in New Orleans. De León outpointed Camel over 15 rounds. After he then knocked out Camel in 8 rounds in a rematch and his countryman Ossie Ocasio won the WBA world title, they became 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 in the Jr. Lightweight division. De León lost his title in a shocking upset to former Gerry Cooney victim S. T. Gordon by a knockout in round 2 in 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 and Bashiru Ali. The Davis bout 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 in 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, he defended the title against Uruguayan José María Flores Burlón in Atlantic City, New Jersey, winning by twelve rounds in a unanimous decision but then he 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 was crowned world Cruiserweight champion once again. This time, he held on to the title for two years, until finally losing it to Massimiliano Duran in Italy in an 11th round disqualification.

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

He died on January 1, 2020 due to a cardiac arrest.[2] He was 60.

Professional boxing recordEdit

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   Brian Nielsen TKO 3 (8) 24/11/1995   Randers, Denmark
61 Loss 53–7–1   Corrie Sanders TKO 1 (10) 13/08/1994   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
60 Win 53–6–1   Bobby Arthurs MD 10 17/02/1994   Joliet, Illinois, United States
59 Win 52–6–1   Brian Morgan PTS 8 14/01/1994   Chicago, Illinois, United States
58 Win 51–6–1   Jordan Keepers TKO 5 (?) 05/11/1993   Gary, Indiana, United States
57 Win 50–6–1   Andre Crowder KO 1 (8) 19/06/1993   Davenport, Iowa, United States
56 Win 49–6–1   Joey Christjohn PTS 6 15/05/1993   Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
55 Win 48–6–1   James Wilder UD 10 13/03/1993   Aurora, Illinois, United States
54 Win 47–6–1   Rocky Bentley UD 10 22/01/1993   Countryside, Illinois, United States
53 Win 46–6–1   Bruce Johnson TKO 4 (10) 27/06/1992   Miami, Florida, United States
52 Loss 45–6–1   Massimiliano Duran DQ 11 (12) 27/07/1990   Capo d'Orlando, Sicilia, Italy Lost WBC cruiserweight title
51 Draw 45–5–1   Johnny Nelson SD 12 27/01/1990   Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Retained WBC cruiserweight title
50 Win 45–5   Sammy Reeson TKO 9 (12) 17/05/1989   Millwall, London, United Kingdom Won vacant WBC cruiserweight title
49 Loss 44–5   Evander Holyfield TKO 8 (12) 09/04/1988   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles.
For WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles
48 Win 44–4   Jose Maria Flores Burlon UD 12 22/01/1988   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
47 Win 43–4   Larry Phelps KO 1 (10) 01/08/1987   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained lineal cruiserweight title
46 Win 42–4   Angelo Rottoli TKO 5 (12) 21/02/1987   Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
45 Win 41–4   Michael Greer TKO 8 (12) 10/08/1986   Giardini Naxos, Sicilia, Italy Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
44 Win 40–4   Bernard Benton MD 12 22/03/1986   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
43 Loss 39–4   Alfonzo Ratliff SD 12 06/06/1985   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
42 Win 39–3   Dorcey Gaymon TKO 9 (10) 12/01/1985   Oranjestad, Aruba Retained lineal cruiserweight titles
41 Win 38–3   Bash Ali UD 12 02/06/1984   Oakland, California, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
40 Win 37–3   Anthony Davis UD 12 09/03/1984   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
39 Win 36–3   Yaqui Lopez TKO 4 (12) 21/09/1983   San Jose, California, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
38 Win 35–3   S.T. Gordon UD 12 17/07/1983   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
37 Win 34–3   Leon Spinks RTD 6 (10) 06/03/1983   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
36 Win 33–3   Ivy Brown PTS 10 26/11/1982   Houston, Texas, United States
35 Loss 32–3   S.T. Gordon TKO 2 (15) 27/06/1982   Highland Heights, Ohio, United States Lost WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
34 Win 32–2   Marvin Camel TKO 8 (15) 24/02/1982   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
33 Win 31–2   Greg Payne TKO 3 (10) 12/12/1981   Houston, Texas, United States Retained lineal cruiserweight title
32 Win 30–2   Marvin Camel MD 15 25/11/1980   New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Won WBC and lineal cruiserweight titles
31 Win 29–2   Mario Rosa PTS 8 28/06/1980   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
30 Win 28–2   Waldemar Paulino KO 1 (12) 25/04/1980   Anaheim, California, United States WBC cruiserweight title eliminator
29 Win 27–2   Christy Elliott TKO 4 (12) 25/09/1979   Miami Beach, Florida, United States
28 Win 26–2   Willie McIntyre TKO 1 (10) 25/08/1979   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
27 Win 25–2   Manny Freitas TKO 1 (?) 08/04/1979   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
26 Win 24–2   Bonifacio Avila TKO 2 (10) 27/01/1979   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
25 Win 23–2   Wendell Joseph PTS 10 18/11/1978   Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
24 Win 22–2   Rennie Pinder TKO 3 (10) 26/09/1978   Miami Beach, Florida, United States
23 Win 21–2   Roy Harry KO 1 (10) 08/09/1978   Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
22 Win 20–2   Tyrone Freeman TKO 3 (10) 08/04/1978   Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
21 Win 19–2   Jesse Lara TKO 2 (?) 25/03/1978   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
20 Win 18–2   Ray Bryant TKO 5 (10) 28/01/1978   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
19 Win 17–2   Eddie Davis TKO 5 (10) 08/11/1977   Orlando, Florida, United States
18 Win 16–2 Battling Douglas TKO 5 (10) 14/10/1977   Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
17 Loss 15–2   Ray Hammond PTS 8 10/09/1977   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
16 Win 15–1   Mustapha Ali UD 10 29/07/1977   Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
15 Win 14–1   Eddie Davis TKO 3 (?) 25/06/1977   Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
14 Win 13–1 Antonio Colon TKO 6 (?) 12/02/1977   Bayamon, Puerto Rico, United States
13 Win 12–1 Carlos Soto PTS 8 11/10/1976   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
12 Win 11–1 Astor Agosto PTS 8 16/08/1976   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
11 Win 10–1   Dario de Jesus PTS 8 19/07/1976   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
10 Win 9–1 Carlos Soto PTS 8 05/04/1976   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
9 Loss 8–1   Roberto Colon PTS 4 15/02/1976   Ponce, Puerto Rico, United States
8 Win 8–0   Larry Adkins PTS 8 15/09/1975   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
7 Win 7–0   James Jackson TKO 3 (?) 11/07/1975   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
6 Win 6–0   Cubby Jackson TKO 4 (?) 17/05/1975   Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
5 Win 5–0 Kid Gavilan TKO 6 (?) 05/04/1975   Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
4 Win 4–0 Tripodi Guadalupe TKO 5 (?) 17/03/1975   Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
3 Win 3–0 Vernon Laws TKO 3 (?) 02/11/1974   Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
2 Win 2–0 Jesse Torres TKO 2 (?) 19/10/1974   Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States
1 Win 1–0 Roy Harris TKO 4 (?) 03/08/1974   Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Carlos De León - Lineal Cruiserweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ "Four-time world boxing champ, Hall of Fame trainer Carlos De Leon dies at 60". January 2, 2020.

External linksEdit

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