Boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard helps OKCPD fundraiser

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Iconic boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard is around the corner raising funds for the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League to help inner-city youth.

The Police Athletic League (PAL) will host OKC Charity Fight Night tonight – Thursday, January 20 – at the Criterion as part of its Fight for Kids initiative, and the legendary Sugar Ray will be on hand to lend his support.

Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase uniforms and equipment for Oklahoma City fifth and sixth graders who play Athletic League sports including basketball, soccer, touch football , joy and volleyball, according to Lt. Fernando Hernandez of the Oklahoma City Police Department.

PAL has raised money to help inner-city kids in their athletic endeavors for 31 years, and Fight Night fundraising has been going on for about 13 years, according to Hernandez.

The fight card includes both boxing and mixed martial arts matches. The event is sold out.

The annual event typically brings in around $200,000, Hernandez said.

Leonard, an Olympic gold medalist who has won multiple world championships in numerous weight classes from welterweight to light heavyweight, stopped by OKCPD on Thursday and posed for photos with officers. You can see these photos in the gallery below:

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