Leonard Sinclair Sparks

  • Type: Athlete
  • Sport(s): Boxing
  • Year: 2019

Lenny Sparks seemed destined to wear a championship belt from the moment, he first set foot a boxing ring on May 10, 1956.

In his boxing debut, the 17- year old fighter from Waverly, Nova Scotia knocked out Keith Paris.

Sixteen years later, 33-year old Lenny Sparks closed out his career with a knockout over Jerry Wells.

Between those two milestones,  Lenny Sparks fought 38 more times, winning three titles.

In June, 1959, he again fought Keith Paris and won a unanimous six round decision for the Maritime Welterweight title.

In October, 1959, Lenny Sparks knocked out Jackie Hayden in the seventh round to claim the Canadian Junior Welterweight Championship.

On October, 18,  1965, Lenny Sparks won the Canadian Welterweight Championship when he knocked out Peter Schmidt in the fifth round.

Just three days earlier, October 15, the venerable, The Police Gazette, the first organized sanctioning body in the United States, ranked Lenny Sparks as 10th in the world in the Welterweight division.

In addition to his Canadian fights, Lenny also fought in Madison Square Gardens, Boston Gardens and the Alhambra in Philadelphia.

In 2018, The Canadian Professional Boxing Council awarded Lenny Sparks with the C.P.B.C. Honorary Lifetime Champion Award.

He was inducted into the Maritime Sports hall of Fame the following year (Sept., 2019)