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Sugar Ray Leonard -- I Was Sexually Abused

5/18/2011 3:30 AM PDT

Sugar Ray Leonard -- I Was Sexually Abused

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."

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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