Sugar Ray Leonard shot to prominence in boxing circles following his gold medal in the light-welterweight division at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and he is looking forward to the London Games as the next breed of young, amateur boxing stake their claims for success.
Leonard, whose real name is Ray Charles - after his mother's favourite singer - was talking at the launch of his new autobiography 'The Big Fight: My Life in and out of the Ring'.
"The Olympics coming to London is some exciting," he said.
"It seems like yesterday for me, although its been over 37 years. It was my springboard, it is what catapulted me to where I am today because to be an Olympic gold meal winner is huge and speaks volumes.
"I can't wait to see new faces, new champions, new gold medal winners and a great Olympics."
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