People: May 21, 1984

When Sugar Ray Leonard, 27, announced last December that he was returning to the ring after two years in retirement, fans of the former welterweight champion were divided between celebration and concern. Some doctors warned that the fighter, who has had operations on the retinas of both eyes, was recklessly risking his vision. But despite success as a TV personality, Leonard "missed the actual competition." Last week he took on Kevin Howard, 22, in Worcester, Mass., and stopped him in a ninth-round TKO. But the ex-champ was knocked down once, the first time in his pro career, and decided his comeback...

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