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Roberto Durán
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Real name Roberto Durán Samaniego
Nickname(s) Manos de Piedra
El Cholo
Rated at Lightweight
Nationality Panama Panamanian
Birth date June 16, 1951 (1951-06-16) (age 58)
Birth place Guarare, Panama
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 119
Wins 103
Wins by KO 70
Losses 16
Draws 0
No contests 0

Roberto Durán (born June 16, 1951) is a retired professional boxer from Panama, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed "Manos de Piedra" (or "Hands of Stone") during his career.[1]

In 2002, he was chosen by The Ring to be the 5th greatest fighter of the last 80 years.[2],Bert Sugar rates him as the 8th greatest fighter of all-time and many consider him the greatest lightweight of all time. He held world titles at four different weights - lightweight (1972–79), welterweight (1980), junior middleweight (1983–84) and middleweight (1989). He was the second boxer to have fought in five different decades.

He finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 70 KOs. Up until the second Ray Leonard fight, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel.

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History

Durán was born in Guarare, Province of Los Santos, Panamá to a Mexican father and a Panamanian mother. He made his professional debut in 1968 at the age of 16.[2]

First championship

After an initial adjustment he won thirty in a row, and scored knockout victories over future featherweight champion Ernesto Marcel and former super featherweight champion Hiroshi Kobayashi, culminating in his first title bout in June 1972, where he controversially defeated Ken Buchanan at New York's Madison Square Garden for the WBA world lightweight championship. Durán was ahead on all three cards at the end of the 13th round, at which time the fighters spent an additional 20 seconds punching each other. Buchanan was knocked down writhing in pain from a groin injury, that Buchanan's trainer, Gil Clancy, said was caused by a knee to the groin. Referee Johnny LoBianco awarded the fight to Durán, insisting that the blow that took down Buchanan was "in the abdomen, not any lower" and that he felt that Buchanan would be unable to continue fighting.[3] Columnist Red Smith of The New York Times wrote that LoBianco had to award the victory to Durán, even if the punch was a low blow, as "anything short of pulling a knife is regarded indulgently" in American boxing.[4]

Duran followed up on his title winning performance with several non-title matches. Later that year, in another non-title bout, he lost a ten round decision to Esteban De Jesús. Duran got back on track with successful title defenses against Jimmy Robertson, Hector Thompson, and future lightweight champion Guts Ishimatsu. In 1974, Durán would avenge his loss to De Jesus with a brutal eleventh round knock out. In 1976, he defeated future light welterweight champion Saoul Mamby. Overall Durán made twelve successful defenses of his title (eleven coming by knock out) and amassed a record of 62-1, his last defense coming in 1978 where Durán fought a third fight with De Jesus, a unification match where Durán once again knocked out De Jesus and captured his WBC lightweight belt. Durán would give up the unified lightweight title in February 1979.

Victory over Sugar Ray Leonard

Vacating the lightweight title was a build up for an attempt at the welterweight title. Durán earned a pair of wins against former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Palomino and Zeferino Gonzales, setting the stage for a title bout against then undefeated WBC Welterweight Champion Sugar Ray Leonard. The venue chosen would be the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the same location where Leonard won an Olympic gold medal during the 1976 Summer Olympics. Duran resented the fact that he was getting only one-fifth the money Leonard would make despite the fact that he was entering the bout with an incredible 71-1 record. He would curse and insult Leonard during press conferences in an attempt to intimidate the young champion. On June 20, 1980, Durán captured the WBC welterweight title by defeating Leonard via a 15-round unanimous decision. The fight would become known as "The Brawl in Montreal".[5]

Loss in rematch

In the November re-match, however, Durán shockingly quit. Leonard has said that his strategy was to use speed and agility to taunt and frustrate Durán, believing it was his best chance of winning the fight.[6] In round 8, Durán turned around, walked to his corner and gave up, supposedly saying the now famous words, "no más" (no more). However, he claims to have actually said, "No quiero pelear con el payaso." (Meaning "I do not want to fight with this clown.") Another version of events has him saying, in Spanish, "I can't continue". Referee Octavio Meyran, perhaps as incredulous as was the rest of the world at what he was seeing, asked Durán if he was sure, and Durán then said, "No más, no más" (no more, no more). In violation of what any professional fighter does on the day of a fight, Durán gorged himself after the weigh-in, claimed he quit because he was having stomach cramps.[3] The controversy regarding this bout continues to be a mystery.

Move up to middleweight

He took some time to recover from that fight, gaining even more weight to contend for the WBC world junior middleweight title, but losing in his first attempt at a championship in that division on the January 30 of 1982, against Wilfred Benítez by a 15 round unanimous decision. Durán was also to lose his comeback fight in December 1982 in Detroit. Kirkland Laing, from London, shocked the boxing world, producing the type of display his talents promised yet he so rarely produced, taking the split decision. After being relegated to a 10 round walk out win over Englishman Jimmy Batten at The Battle of The Champions in Miami, Durán signed with promoter Bob Arum. This marked the beginning of a comeback in which he beat former world champion and now hall of famer Pipino Cuevas via a fourth round knock-out, which earned him a second crack at the junior middleweight title, this time against WBA champion Davey Moore.

The WBA title bout took place at Madison Square Garden on June 16, 1983, which also happened to be Durán's 32nd birthday. The result turned out to be a one sided affair as Duran dominated Moore throughout the bout. The pro-Durán crowd at ringside cheered as Durán relentlessly punished Moore. By the end of the sixth round, Moore's eye had swollen shut and he was floored near the end of the seventh. Finally the fight was stopped in the eighth round as Moore was taking such a horrific beating and Durán won his third world title. After the victory, Durán was hoisted up in the air as the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to a sobbing Durán.[5]

Durán later fought for the World middleweight title, meeting Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas in November 1983, but losing in a competitive fight that went the full fifteen rounds. Despite the loss, Durán was the first fighter to go the full distance with the great middleweight champion in one of his defenses. In June 1984, Duran was stripped of his junior middleweight title when the WBA did not approve of his fight with WBC world champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, and took away recognition of Durán as world champion the moment Durán stepped into the ring to box Hearns. Durán lost the fight after a vicious second round knock-out by Hearns.

Durán did not contend another title fight until 1989, but made the shot count when he won the WBC middleweight title from Iran Barkley in February. The fight is considered one of Duran's greatest achievements, as the 38 year old former lightweight champion took the middleweight crown, his fourth title. In a tough, back and forth fight, Durán knocked Barkley down in the eleventh round and won a close decision. The bout was named the 1989 "Fight of the Year" by The Ring. His reign was short lived once again as Duran moved up to super middleweight (although both fighters weighed in at the middleweight limit) for a third clash with Sugar Ray Leonard in December (a fight dubbed Uno Más--One More—by promoters), but lost in a decision. Duran seemed to be in decline after the fight, he attempted to win further middleweight titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 (fighting for the minor IBC belt).

In 1996, he challenged Héctor Camacho for the vacant IBC Middleweight title but lost via unanimous decision. In 1997, Durán was defeated by former champion Jorge Castro. Durán fought Castro in a rematch bout and won via unanimous decision.

In 1998, at the age of 47, he challenged 28 year old WBA middleweight champion William Joppy. Joppy, a trim, quick-fisted fighter, battered Durán to defeat in just 3 rounds. It was Duran's most emphatic loss since the Hearns fight, over a decade earlier. Durán then announced his retirement in August 1998, but was back fighting in 1999. In June 2000, he avenged a previous loss to Pat Lawlor and claimed the NBA Super Middleweight title, but he lost the title to Héctor Camacho in a rematch bout.

Retirement

In 2001, Durán traveled to Argentina to promote a salsa music CD that he had just released. While there, he was involved in a car crash and required life-saving surgery. After that incident, he announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 50.

Durán's five world title belts, which he won in four different divisions, were stolen from his house in Panama in 1993 during a robbery allegedly staged by his brother-in-law, who gave them to memorabilia seller Luis González Báez, who will stand trial for trying to sell stolen goods. González Báez allegedly sold the belts to undercover FBI agents. He alleges that Durán authorized the sale of the five belts to him during a time that Durán was facing financial trouble. On September 23, 2003, a federal judge in Florida ordered the five belts returned to Durán.

His 70 wins by knockout place him in an exclusive group of boxers who have won 50 or more fights by knockout. He was ranked number 28 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

On October 14, 2006, Durán was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Riverside, California, and on June 10, 2007, into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Buchanan
WBA Lightweight Champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ernesto España
The Ring Magazine Lightweight Champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jim Watt
Preceded by
Esteban De Jesús
WBC Lightweight Champion
January 21, 1978 – January 1979
Vacated
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
WBC Welterweight Champion
June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by
Davey Moore
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
June 16, 1983–1984
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Mike McCallum
Preceded by
Iran Barkley
WBC Middleweight Champion
February 24, 1989–1990
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Julian Jackson

Appearances in film

Durán's first appearance in a movie was in the 1979 sequel Rocky II as a lightning fast sparring partner for Rocky Balboa. Outside of this, he has also received minor roles in Harlem Nights and Miami Vice.

Roberto Durán's life and boxing career are collected in the documentary "Los puños de una nación" (The fists of a nation) by Panamanian film maker, Pituka Ortega-Heilbron.

Career record

103 Wins (70 knockouts, 32 decisions, 1 retirement), 16 Losses (4 knockouts, 12 decisions) [4]
Res. Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 2001-07-14 Denver, Colorado Lost NBA Super-Middleweight title.
Win United States Patrick Goossen Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 2000-08-12 Toppenish, Washington
Win United States Pat Lawlor Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 2000-06-16 Panama City, Panama Won NBA Super-Middleweight title.
Loss Argentina Omar Gonzalez Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1999-03-06 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss United States William Joppy TKO 3 (12), 2:54 1998-08-28 Las Vegas, Nevada Fight was for WBA Middleweight title.
Win Colombia Felix Jose Hernandez Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1998-01-31 Panama City, Panama
Win United Kingdom David Radford Decision (unan.) 8 (8) 1997-11-15 Temba, South Africa
Win Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1997-06-14 Panama City, Panama
Loss Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1997-02-15 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win Republic of Ireland Mike Culbert TKO 6 (10) 1996-09-27 Chester, West Virginia
Win Mexico Ariel Cruz KO 1 (10) 1996-08-31 Panama City, Panama
Loss Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 1996-06-22 Atlantic City, New Jersey Fight was for IBC Middleweight title.
Win United States Ray Domenge Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1996-02-20 Miami, Florida
Win United States Wilbur Garst TKO 4 (10) 1995-12-21 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win United States Roni Martinez TKO 7 (10), 2:59 1995-06-10 Kansas City, Missouri
Loss United States Vinny Pazienza Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 1995-01-14 Atlantic City, New Jersey Fight was for IBC Super-
Middleweight title.
Win United States Heath Todd TKO 7 (10) 1994-10-18 Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Loss United States Vinny Pazienza Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 1994-06-25 Las Vegas, Nevada Fight was for IBC Super-
Middleweight title.
Win United States Terry Thomas TKO 4 (10) 1994-03-29 Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Win United States Carlos Montero Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1994-02-22 Marseille, France
Win United States Tony Menefee TKO 8 (10) 1993-12-14 Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Win United States Sean Fitzgerald KO 6 (10) 1993-08-17 Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Win Canada Jacques LeBlanc Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1993-06-29 Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
Win United States Ken Hulsey KO 2 (10), 2:45 1992-12-17 Cleveland, Ohio
Win United States Tony Biglen Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1992-09-30 Buffalo, New York
Loss United States Pat Lawlor TKO 6 (10), 1:50 1991-03-18 Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss United States Sugar Ray Leonard Decision (unan.) 12 (12) 1989-12-07 Las Vegas, Nevada Fight was for WBC Super-
Middleweight title.
Win United States Iran Barkley Decision (split) 12 (12) 1989-02-24 Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBC Middleweight title.
Win United States Jeff Lanas Decision (split) 10 (10) 1988-10-01 Chicago, Illinois
Win United States Paul Thorn Retirement 6 (10) 1988-04-14 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win United States Ricky Stackhouse Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1988-02-05 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win Paraguay Juan Ferreyra Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1987-09-12 Miami, Florida
Win Puerto Rico Victor Claudio Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1987-05-16 Miami, Florida
Loss United States Robbie Sims Decision (split) 10 (10) 1986-06-23 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Win Dominican Republic Jorge Suero KO 2 (10), 1:45 1986-04-18 Panama City, Panama
Win Colombia Manuel Zambrano KO 2 (10), 2:57 1986-01-31 Panama City, Panama
Loss United States Thomas Hearns KO 2 (15) 1984-06-15 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Fight was for WBC Light-
Middleweight title.
Loss United States Marvin Hagler Decision (unan.) 15 (15) 1983-11-10 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Fight was for WBA, WBC and IBF
Middleweight titles.
Win United States Davey Moore TKO 8 (15), 2:02 1983-06-16 Madison Square Garden, New York City Won WBC Light Middleweight title
Win Mexico Pipino Cuevas TKO 4 (12), 2:26 1983-01-29 Los Angeles, California
Win United Kingdom Jimmy Batten Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1982-11-12 Miami, Florida
Loss United Kingdom Kirkland Laing Decision (split) 10 (10) 1982-09-04 Detroit, Michigan
Loss Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez Decision (unan.) 15 (15) 1982-01-30 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Fight was for WBC Light
Middleweight title.
Win Italy Luigi Minchillo Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1981-09-26 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Win United States Nino Gonzalez Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1981-08-09 Cleveland, Ohio
Loss United States Sugar Ray Leonard TKO 8 (15), 2:44 1980-11-25 New Orleans, Louisiana The "No Más Fight"; lost WBC
Welterweight title.
Win United States Sugar Ray Leonard Decision (unan.) 15 (15) 1980-06-20 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBC Welterweight title.
Win Ecuador Wellington Wheatley TKO 6 (10) 1980-02-24 Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas
Win Norway Joseph Nsubuga TKO 4 (10), 3:00 1980-01-13 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Win United States Zeferino Gonzalez Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1979-09-28 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Win Mexico Carlos Palomino Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1979-06-22 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win United States Jimmy Heair Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1979-04-08 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Win United States Monroe Brooks KO 8 (12), 1:59 1978-12-08 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win Costa Rica Ezequiel Obando KO 2 (10), 1:09 1978-09-01 Panama City, Panama
Win Puerto Rico Adolfo Viruet Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1978-04-27 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win Puerto Rico Esteban De Jesús TKO 12 (15), 2:32 1978-01-21 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Retained WBA Lightweight title;
won WBC Lightweight title. Durán
vacated titles in January 1979 to
concentrate on heavier divisions.
Win Puerto Rico Edwin Viruet Decision (unan.) 15 (15) 1977-09-17 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Dominican Republic Bernardo Diaz KO 1 (10), 1:29 1977-08-06 Panama City, Panama
Win United States Javier Muniz Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1977-05-16 Landover, Maryland
Win Dominican Republic Vilomar Fernandez KO 13 (15), 2:10 1977-01-29 Miami, Florida Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Costa Rica Alvaro Rojas TKO 1 (15), 2:17 1976-10-15 Hollywood, Florida, United States Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Colombia Emiliano Villa TKO 7 (10), 2:00 1976-07-31 Panama City, Panama
Win Italy Lou Bizzarro KO 14 (15), 2:15 1976-05-23 Erie, Pennsylvania Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win United States Saoul Mamby Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1976-05-04 Miami Beach, Florida
Win Mexico Leoncio Ortiz KO 15 (15), 2:39 1975-12-20 Hato Rey, Puerto Rico Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Puerto Rico Edwin Viruet Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1975-09-30 Uniondale, New York
Win Alirio Acuna KO 3 (10) 1975-09-13 Chitre, Panama
Win Nicaragua Pedro Mendoza KO 1 (10), 2:00 1975-08-02 Managua, Nicaragua
Win Puerto Rico Jose Peterson TKO 1 (10) 1975-06-03 Miami, Florida
Win United States Ray Lampkin KO 14 (15), 0:39 1975-03-02 Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Colombia Andres Salgado KO 1 (10), 1:00 1975-02-15 Panama City, Panama
Win Japan Masataka Takayama KO 1 (15), 1:40 1974-12-21 San José, Costa Rica Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Colombia Adalberto Vanegas KO 1 (10) 1974-11-16 Panama City, Panama
Win Jose Vasquez KO 2 (10) 1974-10-31 San José, Costa Rica
Win Puerto Rico Hector Matta Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1974-09-02 Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Win Philippines Flash Gallego TKO 7 (10), 2:35 1974-07-06 Panama City, Panama
Win Puerto Rico Esteban De Jesús KO 11 (15) 1974-03-16 Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Venezuela Armando Mendoza TKO 3 (10), 1:50 1974-02-16 Panama City, Panama
Win France Leonard Tavarez TKO 4 (10) 1974-01-21 Paris, France
Win Puerto Rico Tony Garcia KO 3 (10) 1973-12-01 Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
Win Japan Guts Ishimatsu TKO 10 (15), 2:10 1973-09-08 Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win United States Doc McClendon Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1973-08-04 Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Win Australia Hector Thompson TKO 8 (15), 2:15 1973-06-02 Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win Mexico Gerardo Ferrat TKO 2 (10), 2:45 1973-04-14 Panama City, Panama
Win Mexico Javier Ayala Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1973-03-17 Los Angeles, California
Win Mexico Juan Medina KO 7 (10), 1:22 1973-02-22 Los Angeles, California
Win United States Jimmy Robertson KO 5 (15) 1973-01-20 Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Loss Puerto Rico Esteban De Jesús Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1972-11-17 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win Mexico Lupe Ramirez KO 1 (10), 3:03 1972-10-28 Panama City, Panama
Win United States Greg Potter KO 1 (10), 1:58 1972-09-02 Panama City, Panama
Win United Kingdom Ken Buchanan TKO 13 (15) 1972-06-26 Madison Square Garden, New York City Won WBA Lightweight title.
Win Mexico Francisco Munoz TKO 1 (10), 2:34 1972-03-10 Panama City, Panama
Win Cuba Angel Robinson Garcia Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1972-01-15 Panama City, Panama
Win Japan Hiroshi Kobayashi KO 7 (10), 0:30 1971-10-16 Panama City, Panama
Win Puerto Rico Benny Huertas TKO 1 (10), 1:06 1971-09-13 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win Mexico Fermin Soto TKO 3 (10) 1971-07-18 Monterrey, Mexico
Win United States Lloyd Marshall TKO 6 (10), 1:37 1971-05-29 Panama City, Panama
Win Venezuela Jose Acosta KO 1 (10), 1:55 1971-03-21 Panama City, Panama
Win Mexico Jose Angel Herrera KO 6 (10) 1971-01-10 Monterrey, Mexico
Win Mexico Ignacio Castaneda TKO 3 (10) 1970-10-18 Panama City, Panama
Win Costa Rica Marvin Castaneda KO 1 (10), 1:30 1970-09-05 Chiriqui, Panama
Win Mexico Clemente Mucino KO 6 (10), 2:18 1970-07-18 Colon, Panama
Win Panama Ernesto Marcel TKO 10 (10) 1970-05-16 Panama City, Panama
Win Mexico Felipe Torres Decision (unan.) 10 (10) 1970-03-28 Mexico City, Mexico
Win Panama Luis Patino TKO 8 (10) 1969-11-23 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Serafin Garcia TKO 5 (8) 1969-09-21 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Adolfo Osses TKO 7 (8) 1969-06-22 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Jacinto Garcia TKO 4 (8) 1969-05-18 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Eduardo Frutos Decision (unan.) 6 (6) 1969-02-01 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Alberto Brand TKO 4 (6) 1969-01-19 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Carlos Howard TKO 1 (6) 1968-12-07 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Juan Gondola KO 2 (6) 1968-11-16 Colon, Panama
Win Ulises De Leon KO 1 (6), 1:20 1968-09-22 Panama City, Panama
Win Panama Leroy Carghill KO 1 (6) 1968-08-25 Panama City, Panama
Win Enrique Jacobo KO 1 (6) 1968-08-10 Panama City, Panama
Win Eduardo Morales KO 1 (4), 3:00 1968-06-30 Panama City, Panama
Win Dominican Republic Manuel Jiménez KO 1 (4) 1968-06-15 Colon, Panama
Win Panama Juan Gondola KO 1 (4) 1968-05-14 Colon, Panama
Win Mexico Carlos Mendoza Decision (unan.) 4 (4) 1968-02-23 Colón, Panama

See also

References

  1. ^ Giudice, Christian (2006). Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Durán. Milo Books. ISBN 1903854555. 
  2. ^ A Night of Cheers for Roberto Duran and others | TheSweetScience.com Boxing
  3. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Johnny LoBianco, 85, Referee In Controversial Duran Bout", The New York Times, July 21, 2001. Accessed October 1, 2009.
  4. ^ Smith, Red. "And New Champion", The New York Times, June 28, 1972. Accessed October 1, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Boxingfanatics.com
  6. ^ [1] Fox Sports, "Beyond The Glory" episode

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Roberto Durán (born June 16, 1951) is a professional boxer from Panama, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest lightweight boxers of all-time.

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  • There's only one legend. That's me.
  • Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.
  • I am not an animal in my personal life. But in the ring there is an animal inside me. Sometimes it roars when the first bell rights. Sometimes it springs out later in a fight. But i can always feel it there, driving me and pushing me forward. It is what makes me win. It makes me enjoy fighting.
  • My experience won this fight…. I knew I was in control. I was not scared. He was not hitting me with anything that was hurting me.
  • I realized that my body can give me so much more.

About Durán

  • At lightweight it seemed he was a tremendous puncher, but I didn't find him to be that kind of puncher. A good puncher, a strong puncher, but not a devastating puncher.
  • One gets the impression of Duran is that he’s a tough, rough brawler who just wades in and ducks nothing. But all you have to do is look at his face to see that is nonsense. He’s not marked up. He does a lot of cute things in there.
  • Moving fluidly and jabbing, slipping punches and countering rather than swarming over DeJesus, he stalked him, relentlessly wearing him down and coolly destroying him with savage punches to the body. For 11 rounds Duran bested the classic boxer at his own game, robbing him of his speed and his will to fight, and only then did he permit himself the luxury of putting DeJesus away.
  • He’s good inside, very good, strong physically. The one thing that surprised me the most was his quickness. And his defensive ability. He moves his head a lot, feints a lot. He’s not an easy man to hit.
  • Duran knew how to fight. He knew what to do. If he looked at the corner the only thing I ever had to do was pretend to jab, once he was using his jab I knew he’d have no trouble. Even more important he knew how to think. When you talk about great fighters, always remember there was a guy named Roberto Duran. He was never given the opportunity to really display his wares because at his peak, he was overshadowed by Muhammad Ali.
    • Ray Arcel, Duran's trainer [10]
  • Duran has always been the master of defense that is one of his trademarks.
  • Duran laid back, counterpunching,he's a three-time champion, a very gutsy warrior. I couldn't go in there and get foolish.
  • That name, "Manos de Piedra", is true, Hands of Stone. Every punch, and I'm not exaggerating, every punch that he hit me with, from the body to the head, felt like bricks, stone, rocks. He knocked my teeth back. My front, my first 3 or 4 teeth, he knocked them back because he was just so possessed. He was a demon.

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About Durán

  • Duran has heart. He's been a great champion for years and years. It must have been something very serious to make him quit. But I won fair and square, I beat him emotionally and I beat him physically.

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