Sugar Ray Leonard: 'I Was Sexually Abused As A Child'

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May. 18 2011, Updated 5:32 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, in his upcoming book The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, said he was sexually abused by a "prominent Olympic boxing coach" when he was 15-years-old.

According to the New York Times, the 55-year-old boxing champ said the incident took place after the coach (who he did not name) took him, and another teen boxer, to a match in New York in 1971.

Leonard said the man had him take a bath with the boy and watched from afar, and they knew “something a bit inappropriate’’ was happening.

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The five-time world champion, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars this season, said another incident took place years later in a car with the same man.

“Before I knew it, he had unzipped my pants and put his hand, then mouth, on an area that has haunted me for life. I didn’t scream. I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door and ran.

“I do know that I was in a lot of pain as I chased my dream of winning the gold.’’

The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring hits stores next month.

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