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Sugar Ray Leonard -- I Was Sexually Abused

5/18/2011 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legenday fighter Sugar Ray Leonard says he was molested by a "prominent Olympic boxing coach" back when he was 15 years old ... and says the incident has "haunted me for life."

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Leonard reveals his story in his upcoming biography, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring’ -- in which he explains the coach "unzipped my pants and put his hand, then mouth, on an area that has haunted me for life."

He continues, "I didn't scream. I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door and ran."

Leonard never identifies the coach -- but claims the man has since passed away.

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