<p><span></span>It's a knockout on <em>Dancing With the Stars</em>.</p>
Donning ballet tights wasn't enough to keep legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the competition, but he tells Life & Style that he's a gracious loser. "There's a part of me that's screaming -- no question about it," says Sugar Ray. "But I've had the most phenomenal experience ever with a show that I was totally afraid of."
With his new biography, Big Fight, hitting stands on June 7, Sugar Ray assures fans this won't be the last they see of him. Below, he and his dancing partner, Anna Trebunskaya, speak with Life & Style about their elimination.
You danced so well this week; do you think it's fair?
Ray: Being a fighter, there's a part of me that's screaming -- no question about it. I'm screaming inside. But I'm also a gracious loser, if you will. I've had the most phenomenal experience ever with a show that I was totally afraid of. I've met friends, met an incredible staff and a wonderful lady who taught me what I thought I couldn't be taught. I had a great time. I progressed; I was getting better. Last night, I went home. I had TiVo'd my performance, and I was screaming. Then you come here and this happens, but you know what? That's life. It was unexpected.
Anna: We gave it our all. We tried our best. It was honorable and very well done. It wasn't like we messed up!
What are your plans for the future?
Ray: I have a book coming out June 7 that I'm going to start promoting in New York. It's called Big Fight. I'll be at The Grove [in LA]. This has been an incredible time for me. Again, it's all positive; it's all positive.
Anna: I'm going to spend a little more time with my husband and our very neglected studio in Hermosa Beach, Calif. (youcandance.com).
Is ballet in your future?
Ray: I think I exaggerated a little bit. I could do the ballroom, but not that ballet stuff. Those tights? No.
Tune into DWTS Mondays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of ABC
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