Sugar Ray Leonard could soon hold the super middleweight championship as well as the light heavyweight championship if he is successful in his quest to fight Don Lalonde.
Both Leonard's attorney, Mike Trainer, and Lalonde's manager, Dave Wolf, said they expect a contract to be reached within 10 days, and the fight to take place as early as November.Leonard, a three-time champion, wants to become the first fighter to own five titles.
Should Leonard defeat Lalonde he could capture the newly established 168-pound super middleweight crown as well as the 175-pound light heavyweight crown Lalonde currently holds.
The fight would take place at the 168-pound weight class.
"We are going to let the WBC know that we will also put up our light heavyweight title so that this will be for two championships," Wolf said.
On Tuesday, the WBC executive committee approved a possible fight between Leonard, 32, and Lalonde, 28, for its new super middleweight 168-pound title.
Leonard stunned the boxing world in April 1987 when he came out of retirement to win the undisputed middleweight title over Marvelous Marvin Hagler by a split decision. It was only Leonard's second fight since February 1982 and his first at the 160-pound middleweight class.
He again announced his retirement after the fight.
Leonard, 34-1, of Potomac, Md., has fought only twice since he first retired from boxing in November 1982 as undisputed world welterweight (147-pound) and junior middleweight (154-pound) champion after undergoing surgery for a detached retina in his left eye.
Lalonde, 31-2 with 26 knockouts from Winnipeg, Manitoba, won the WBC light heavyweight crown last November, and has defended it once.
"We're going to have a size advantage in this fight, there's no question about it," said Wolf. "That's why I'm feeling so good about this. Donny's going to knock him out."