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Stars Gathered for the 4th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Fight Night to benefit ‘The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’


Olympic Gold Medal Winner and Six-Time World Boxing Champion legend Sugar Ray Leonard was joined by notables including Usher, Barry Bonds and Tommy Davidson for an evening of excitement in the boxing ring in commemoration of his 4th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Fight Night, which benefited ‘The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’ and B. Riley & Co., in support of Juvenile Diabetes Research and ‘The Wounded Warrior Project’.

Tommy Davidson was the Master of Ceremony for the evening. Davidson is an Actor/Comedian- Black Dynamite (Adult Swim’s #1 series), and best known for top-rated Showtime comedy specials and ground-breaking “In Living Color”

Master of Ceremonies Tommy Davidson

Master of Ceremonies Tommy Davidson

The event featured a Professional Boxing fight card commissioned by the California State Athletic Commission.


It was a special treat having Sugar Ray Leonard and singing sensation Usher together, as Usher will depict Sugar Ray Leonard in upcoming biopic “Hands of Stone”. Usher is currently a judge on the hit television show, “The Voice”. Sugar Ray Leonard and Usher showed off some moves in the ring and were soon joined by other celebrity guests.


The event, produced by GBK Productions, was a huge success and a great guy’s night out (especially for the women!).


Tommy Davidson, Johnny Gill

The event garnered an audience of over 1400 guests which ranged from various high profile individuals, which included other celebrities, sports legends, VIPs such as:

Boxing Night

Benito Martinez (FX’s Sons of Anarchy), Barry Bonds (retired MLB player):


Benito-Martinez, Barry-Bonds with Sugar Ray

Baxter Humby (Canadian Champion Kick boxer),  Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (World Boxing Champion):

Baxter Humby-Snake

Baxter Humby, Canadian Champ, Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora

DeVon Franklin (SVP of Columbia Tristar Pictures, Author of the bestselling book ‘PRODUCED BY FAITH’), Dondre Whitfield (ABC’s Make It or Break It):

Dondre Whitfield, DeVon Franklin with Jalisco's Mexican food

Dondre Whitfield, DeVon Franklin with Jalisco’s Mexican food

Sheriff Lee Baca (Sheriff of Los Angeles County), Robert Knepper (CW’s Cult):

Sugar Ray Leonard, Sheriff Lee Baca, Tommy Davidson, Robert Knepper

Sugar Ray Leonard, Sheriff Lee Baca, Tommy Davidson, Robert Knepper

Franchesca Robi (Songstress, Singing the National Anthem for the night),Tamala Jones (ABC’s Castle):

Franchesca Robi, Tamala Jones

Franchesca Robi, Tamala Jones

Billy Bush (Access Hollywood),  Andre Berto (Professional boxer):

Billy Bush, Andre Berto

Billy Bush, Andre Berto

Two-time Welterweight Champion),Edwin Hodge (Actor, Red Dawn),  McKinley Freeman (VH1’s Hit the Floor), , Rory Cochrane (Argo), Clyde Carson (Recording Artist), Johnny Gill (Recording Artist),

Adam Rodriguez (Actor, Magic Mike),  Rory Cochran (CSI Miami):

CSI Miamai's Adam Rodrigues and Rory Cochran

CSI Miamai’s Adam Rodrigues and Rory Cochran

This prestigious invitation-only Red Carpet event took place at The Santa Monica Pier on May 21, 2013 and was produced by GBK The evening was set against a rich environment for both charitable and business development opportunities.


Charity Angels and Crown Diva Boutique & Pageant Academy sold raffle tickets throughout the evening, for the chance to win amazing prizes, benefiting the cause.


A Silent Auction with many envious finds:


Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design, stood out.

Michael King, Robert Shapiro

Michael King, Robert Shapiro

Rusnak, Maserati, BMW and Porsche, part of the Rusnak Auto Group proudly supported the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation.

Sugar Ray Leonard honored  Medtronic, Inc. by presenting an Award in the ring for its work in Juvenile Diabetes with the Insulin Pump. The Hauser Insurance Group was also a proud supporter of the cause.

Guests also enjoyed an abundance of delicious food and beverages, which included:

Legends Beer:


Asombroso Tequila:


Monster Energy Drink:


Hansen, Sneaky Pete’s Beverage, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Weaver’s Coffee & Tea.

More delectable food sponsors included: Beachy Cream, Garden of Eating Catering, Wicked Kitchen,  Sweet Insanity Bake Shop

Sheila G’s The Original Brownie Brittle Company:


Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill:

Dondre Whitfield, DeVon Franklin with Jalisco's Mexican food

Dondre Whitfield, DeVon Franklin with Jalisco’s Mobile Taco Grill

Rollin’ Rib BBQ:




Monsoon Café:


 Sabra Dipping Co.:


Top 40s band, Zota Pop, along with the 10-year-old DJ phenomenon, DJ Baby Chino kept attendees on their toes by providing musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Mckinley Freeman, Sugar Ray Leonard, DJ Baby Chino

Mckinley Freeman, Sugar Ray Leonard, DJ Baby Chino

To learn more about these great causes please visit: and and don’t forget to tweet by using Twitter hashtags: #SRLF #BigFightersBigCause

The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was launched by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research. The mission of The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation (SRLF) is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The SRLF joined with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) in order to empower wounded warriors dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other lasting effects of combat. Part of the proceeds from this event go to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). For more information about the Foundation and their cause, please visit:

BRiley, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tom-Kellerher

BRiley, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tom-Kellerher

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