Sugar Ray Seales
Born: April 9, 1952 St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Fought out of Tacoma, WA
Height: 6-1 (Southpaw)
Professional Record: 56-8-3 (33 kayos)
Amateur Record: 338-12
Sugar Ray Seales, the only American fighter to win a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics, was a contender for the Middleweight title during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Seales was born in the Virgin Islands, his father being stationed their with the Army. Seales moved to Tacoma as a boy and began to box. At that time, Tacoma was developing future title claimants such as Rocky Lockridge, Leo Randolph, and Johnny Bumpus. Seales used his lanky 6-1 frame and southpaw style to rack up an amateur record of 338-12.
Sugar Ray’s 1972 Olympic victory came at a time before a gold medal guaranteed a pot of gold upon turning pro. Instead of a TV premiere, Seales turned pro with an 8-round win in his Tacoma hometown. Seales won his first 21 fights until losing a close decision to Marvin Hagler in Boston. He then fought Hagler in a rematch, holding him to a draw. Hagler scored a first-round kayo in their rubber match.
In a 1980 fight with Jaime Thomas, Seales was thumbed in the eye, tearing his retina, and he gradualy went blind. Seales retired in 1983, and currently works with autistic students at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.