Mike Trainer knows only this for sure: Sugar Ray Leonard will return to the ring in November. The opponent, site and purse have yet to be determined, but Trainer, Leonard's longtime attorney, said yesterday the five-time world champion's first bout since defeating Roberto Duran in December probably will take place abroad. He said the details would be final by the first week in July.

"I've always wanted {Ray} to fight outside the country," said Trainer, who was in Washington yesterday with former La Salle basketball star Lionel Simmons to promote the one-on-one tournament Simmons and several former college standouts will participate in this weekend in Atlantic City.

"There are countries that want to see him that have never had the chance to see him. We've always had interest from Italy, France and Japan. This may be the time for him to go."

Trainer said Leonard, who is on vacation in Southern California after working as an analyst for HBO for the Mike Tyson and George Foreman heavyweight fights Saturday in Las Vegas, is intrigued by a possible overseas bout.

Should Leonard, 34, fight in Tokyo -- as the New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions -- or somewhere other than the United States, a rematch with Hearns is unlikely, Trainer said.

Trainer denied Leonard has been offered a $12 million site fee to fight in Japan in November, or that the fighter -- still the World Boxing Council's super-middleweight champion -- is considering a domestic bout against International Boxing Federation champion Michael Nunn, as the Times also reported.

"I haven't seen that telegram," Trainer said. "Has there been interest expressed from Japan? Yes. Has it gotten as specific as the 12 million dollars? No. Are we thinking about Michael Nunn? No."

Hearns is the opponent Trainer said the public would most like to see Leonard fight, but Trainer said World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Nigel Benn and little-known junior middleweight Carlos Elliot are front-runners to be Leonard's opponent when he returns.

"What people don't understand is Hearns outweighed him by 10 pounds last time, and I don't think Ray should be fighting bigger people any more," Trainer said. "So, either Hearns can come down and they can both be the same size, or Ray will take the Concorde and go fight somewhere overseas where people are dying to see him."