SimWin Sports, the world’s first virtual sports league that provides daily fantasy players and esports fans with the ability to watch, predict, collect, play, and earn, today announced the latest addition to its impressive lineup of celebrity ownership groups. Famed athletes and entrepreneurs “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Ray Leonard Jr., and “Sugar” Shane Mosely have joined forces to form the KO Kings team ownership group in the SimWin Sports Football league to deliver sports to the metaverse.
“Our new ownership group’s outstanding professional accolades in boxing and the sports and entertainment industries and their commitment to our vision speak volumes about SimWin’s long-term vision in the metaverse,” commented SimWin Founder and CEO David J. Ortiz. “We are thrilled to welcome Sugar Ray, Ray Jr., Sugar Shane, and of course, the KO Kings to SimWin. We look forward to seeing the KO Kings’ debut and the remainder of star-studded teams.”
With prestigious sports roots, the trio aims to represent a diverse fanbase that reflects each owner’s background. Sugar Ray, Leonard Jr., and Sugar Shane are aligned with SimWin’s goal of furthering minority ownership in sports. The virtual sports league proudly emboldens the growth and advancement of minority-owned businesses as part of its mission. Two-thirds of SimWin’s football team owners are minority businesspeople, including Magic Johnson (LA Magic), LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Rare), Jerry Rice (Mississippi GOATs), Marshall Faulk (San Diego Battleships), Dr. Jen Welter (Hollywood Valkryie), Susanne de Passe (Beverly Hills Revenger) and more.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a retired American professional boxer widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers ever. Leonard won several world titles in different weight classes and had legendary fights against Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, and Wilfred Benitez. After retiring from boxing, Leonard became a successful businessman, forming a long-term partnership with Skechers, boasting philanthropic efforts, and thriving as a boxing analyst for HBO Sports. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 and has received numerous other honors for his achievements in the sport of boxing.
Ray Leonard Jr. is a former two-sport Division I collegiate athlete and former sports agent for some of the biggest names in sports. Known to light up a room when he walks in, Ray is a top motivational keynote speaker, radio host, actor, and award-winning business executive. Leonard recently started Ovationz, a two-sided marketplace that connects talent with event organizers, party planners, and meeting hosts to create outstanding virtual events.
Sugar Shane Mosley is a retired American professional boxer with world titles in three different weight classes. Shane turned professional in 1993 and quickly established himself as a formidable fighter, winning his first world title in 1997. He went on to have legendary fights against Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao. Mosley retired from boxing in 2020 with a record of 49 wins, ten losses, and one draw, and he is considered one of the greatest boxers of his era.
“The KO Kings are excited to bring that knockout punch and boxing discipline to Sim Win Sports,” said Leonard Jr. “The Leonard Sports and Entertainment team are putting the rest of the virtual sports world on notice that we’ve come to knock out the competition.”