*Wednesday night (05-13-15), B. Riley & Co. and the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation co-hosted the 6th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Proceeds from the exclusive event supported the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Attendees included: Sugar Ray Leonard, Event Emcee Bill Bellamy (Actor & Comedian), Bryant Riley (Chairman, B. Riley & Co.), Catherine Bach(The Young and the Restless), Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man), David James Elliott (Actor), Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (Boxer), Holly Robinson Peete (Mike & Molly) & husband Rodney Peete (Former NFL Player), Jennifer Widerstrom (NBC’s The Biggest Loser), Jessica Sanchez (Recording Artist), Jimmy Jam (Music Producer), Johnny Gill (Recording Artist), Laila Ali (Former Boxer) & husband Curtis Conway (Former NFL Player), Mia St. John (Boxer), Michael Buffer (Boxer/Wrestling Ring Announcer), Mike Lee (Boxer), Sergio Mora (Boxer), Terry Norris (Former Boxer), Thomas “Hitman” Hearns (Former Boxer), Tommy Davidson (Actor/Comedian), Wolfgang Puck, and more.
Photo Gallery: Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s ‘Big Fighters, Big Cause Night
Photos by Mark Davis / Getty Images for Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation
B. Riley with Sugar Ray Leonard on the red carpet at the 6th Annual ‘Big Fighters, Big Cause’ event
- Before the fights, 19 year-old vocal powerhouse and “American Idol” Season 11 alum Jessica Sanchez gave a soul-stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Following her performance, emcee Bill Bellamy quickly quipped, “You have to coach Jamie Foxx!”
- The boxing community came out in full force to support Sugar Ray Leonard and his foundation including his former boxing rival Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, who joked with Bill Bellamy said that there would NOT be a rematch that night. Other boxing greats and pros in the building included Terry Norris, Laila Ali, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Sergio Mora, Mike Lee and more.
- Guests at the event enjoyed cuisine by Wolfgang Puck, which included his signature Chicken Pot Pie. The celebrity chef and boxing fan also made an appearance at the event to catch the fights.
- The evening featured a thrilling mix of professional and amateur heavy-weight bouts Sugar Ray Leonard ensured guests would be “better than the Pacquioao and Mayweather Fight.” True to his word, the attendees viewed an exciting four-bout card that featured multiple knock-out rounds.
Watch Jessica Sanchez’ rendition of the National Anthem.
Fight Card Results:
o Javier Ortega (WINNER) vs Cameron Rivera
o George Faavae (WINNER) vs James Kirby
o Natu Visinia (WINNER) vs Joshua Clark
o Chris Van Heerden (WINNER) vs Ramon Ayala
- For those that missed out on last night’s silent and live auction, fans can still support the cause and bid on CharityBuzz.com for a unique package that includes a custom 2015 Rossion Q1 Supercar (Sugar Ray Leonard Commemorative Edition), Lunch with Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard & Performance Driver Training by Rossion Factory Driver Shane Lewis. For more information and to bid, visit https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/802100
About Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation
The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to raising funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.
Throughout Leonard’s boxing career, he watched his dad and friends struggle with the many complications of diabetes and how it has affected every aspect of their life. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic. Leonard draws from his personal experience and boxing career to provide inspiration for funding research to combat the disease.