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Sugar Ray Leonard autobiography: 'I was abused'

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard reveals he was abused by a coach as a child in his new autobiography.

June 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is speaking out for the first time since releasing a bombshell in his new autobiography.

The 55-year-old drew high marks competing on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," in April. In his new book, the former champion writes about being abused by a coach as a teenager and keeping it secret for nearly four decades.

"I had to get that out because it was killing me inside," said Leonard. "I was dying inside. I told no one. I kept this to myself for 37 years. A guy don't talk about those things, especially me as a fighter. I could have kicked their butts but I didn't. It was killing me. I'm so glad that I'm releasing this. As painful as it is, it's okay."

Leonard's book entitled "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring" is on sale everywhere.