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VIDEO: Sugar Ray Leonard Loses Fight To Stay On Dancing With The Stars

Apr. 13 2011, Updated 9:21 a.m. ET

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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.”

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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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