Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard was eliminated on Tuesday night’s edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, despite the fact he scored a personal best score of 21-points for his Viennese waltz with partner Anna Trebunskaya on Monday.
“That’s life, and I put up a good fight,” the 54-year-old boxing champ said. “I will cherish this moment: great friends, great people, great show.”
He later tweeted: “Hey everybody. Yes I am disappointed but I’ve had a great time and I couldn’t have lasted the past few weeks if it weren’t for all of you guys. Thanks so much for your support.”
Surprisingly, Disney star Chelsea Kane and her pro-partner Mark Ballas were in the bottom two with Leonard, despite leading the pack with 26 points a night before.
Also on Tuesday’s episode, Jennifer Hudson performed her new songs Don’t Look Down and Feeling Good.
The eight contestants left include: Kane; WWE wrestler-turned-best-selling author Chris Jericho; The Karate Kid‘s Ralph Macchio; actress Kirstie Alley; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward; rapper Romeo; Playboy Playmate-turned-E! star Kendra Wilkinson; and Czech model Petra Nemcova.
The boxer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! following his elimination, calling his stint on the show an “amazing” experience.
Kimmel joked, “I guess for you — Olympic Gold Medalist, boxing champ over and over and over again — Who cares [about losing on Dancing with the Stars] really?”
“I care; I want to win … my heart hurts,” the soft-spoken athlete said.
Dancing with the Stars returns on ABC Monday at 8/7c.
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