February 5, 1977 at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland local Olympic champion and future world champion Sugar Ray Leonard fought his professional debut against Luis "Bull" Vega. Leonard dominated the fight winning every round on the judges scorecards en route to taking a six round decision. Offered here is an original wire photo depicting action during the match and a close-up view of Leonard's shoe with his son's picture on it.
On April, 15 1985 Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns won the World Middleweight title. This is one of five weight classes that he has won a boxing title making him the first African American to win boxing titles in five different weight classes. Mr Hearns was named Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 1980 and 1984 and is best known for his fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Durán.