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Newz Forum: PFL:BOXING: Roberto Duran SportzNewz Boxing Profile

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posted on Apr, 9 2004 @ 07:17 PM
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In the world of boxing, fighters must be conscious of executing both victory in the ring and a performance that electrifies fans. Panamanian patriot and relentless boxing veteran Roberto Duran accomplished both effortlessly. Duran's rugged determination promised his opponents fierce physical battles, and guaranteed the audience a high energy, hard-hitting show.
 

BIOGRAPHY - cmgww.com

Roberto Duran (b. June 16, 1951) is a famous boxer from Panama. He held world titles at four different weights - lightweight (1972-79), welterweight (1980), junior middleweight (1983-84) and middleweight (1989). He was also the only boxer to have fought in five different decades. He finally retired in January 2002 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, aged 52 with a professional record of 120 fights, 104 wins with 69 KOs. He was nicknamed Manos de Piedra (Hands of Stone). A popular legend is that Duran, as a youngster, knocked out a horse with one punch. This legend contrasts with a famous personal side of Duran: He is also a well known animal lover, and he once had Sports Illustrated take pictures of several of the animals living at a zoo he built in his mansion.


Born in Guarare, Panama he had his first professional fight in 1967. After a initial adjustment he won thirty in a row, culminating in his first title bout in June 1972, beating Ken Buchanan in New York for the WBA world lightweight belt. He made twelve successful defences of his title before giving the belt up in February 1979. He then built up for an attempt at the welterweight title, he fought and beat Sugar Ray Leonard in June 1980 to win the title but in a re-match in November he shockingly quit in the eighth round (No Más). He took some time to recover from that fight, gaining more mass to contend for the WBC world junior middleweight title, losing in his first effort at a championship in that division on the 30th of January of 1982, against Wilfredo Benitez by a 15 round unanimous decision.After being relegated to a 10 round walk out win over tough Englishman Jimmy Batten at The Battle of The Champions in Miami, he 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, knocked out in 4 rounds, earning his second crack at the junior middleweight title, this time against WBA champion Davey Moore. Duran conquered his third title on his birthday, June 16th, 1983, defeating champion Moore, when the fight was stopped in the 8th.Duran later tried to take the World middleweight title, he met Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas in November 1983, and he lost over fifteen rounds. In June 1984 he lost his junior middleweight title when the WBA did not approve of his fight with WBC world champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, taking away recognition of Duran as world champion the moment Duran stepped into the ring to box Hearns. Then, he lost by knockout in round two to Hearns. Duran did not contend another title fight until 1989, he won the WBC middleweight title from Iran Barkley in February but lost it and a chance to win the super middleweight title in a third clash with "Sugar" Ray Leonard in December. Although seemingly in decline he tried to win further middleweight titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 (for the minor IBC belt), and 1998 (WBA). After a defeat to William Joppy in three rounds in 1998 he announced his retirement in August 1998, but was back fighting in 1999. In June 2000 he won a minor super middleweight title from Pat Lawlor. He lost that title when he was beaten by Hector Camacho


After splitting fights with Jorge Castro and losing a rematch to Camacho, Duran went to Argentina to promote a Salsa music cd of his that he had just released. While there, he was involved in a dramatic car crash and required life-saving surgery. After that, he announced his retirement from boxing.

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


His 69 wins by knockout placing him in the exclusive group of boxers who have won 50 or more fights by knockout.

In a career that spans five decades, Duran went on to be the WBC Lightweight Champion, WBC Welterweight Champion, WBA Light Middleweight Champion, WBC Middleweight Champion and WBA Junior Middleweight Champion. His lights-out right punch has stopped opponents from Esteban De Jesus, to Dave y Moore, to Sugar Ray Leonard. Seemingly endless stamina and persistent ferocity have pitted him against many of the world's best light and middleweight fighters, arguably making Roberto Duran one of the 10 best boxers of all time.


PROFILE
Sex: Male
Nationality: Panama
Alias: Manos De Piedra
Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Birthplace: El Chorrillo, Panama
Division: Lightweight
Date of Birth: 1951-06-16
Reach: 66"
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5' 7
Trainer: Rigoberto Garibaldi
Manager: Tony Gonzalez


Roberto Duran Career Record

103 Wins, 16 Loss, 69 Knockouts



2001
07-14 -- Hector Camacho, Denver, CO, L 12


2000
08-12 -- PJ Goosen, Toppenish, WA, W 10
06-16 -- Pat Lawlor, Panama City, Panama, W 12


1999
03-06 -- Omar Eduardo Gonzalez, Mar del Plata, Argentina, L 10


1998
08-28 -- William Joppy, Las Vegas, NV, L TKO 3
(For WBA Middleweight Title)
01-31 -- Felix Hernandez, Panama City, Panama, W 10


1997
11-15 -- David Radford, Hammanskraal, South Africa, W 10
06-14 -- Jorge Castro, Panama City, Panama, W 10
02-15 -- Jorge Castro, Mar del Plata, Argentina, L 10


1996
09-27 -- Mike Culbert, Chester, WV, W TKO 6
09-01 -- Ariel Cruz, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
06-22 -- Hector Camacho, Atlantic City, NJ, L 12
02-20 -- Ray Domenge, Miami, FL, W 10


1995
12-21 -- Wilbur Garst, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, W TKO 4
06-10 -- Ron Martinez, Kansas City, MO, W TKO 7
01-14 -- Vinnie Pazienza, Atlantic City, NJ, L 12


1994
10-18 -- Heath Todd, Bay St. Louis, MS, W TKO 7
06-25 -- Vinnie Pazienza, Las Vegas, NV, L 12
03-29 -- Terry Thomas, Bay St. Louis, MS, W TKO 4
02-22 -- Carlos Montero, Marseille, France, W 10


1993
12-14 -- Tony Menefee, Bay St. Louis, MS, W TKO 8
08-17 -- Sean Fitzgerald, Bay St. Louis, MS, W KO 6
06-29 -- Jacques LeBlanc, Bay St. Louis, MS, W 10


1992
12-17 -- Ken Hulsey, Cleveland, OH, W KO 1
09-30 -- Tony Biglen, New York, NY, W 10


1991
03-18 -- Pat Lawlor, Las Vegas, NV, L TKO 6


1989
12-07 -- Sugar Ray Leonard, Las Vegas, NV, L 12
(For WBC Super Middleweight Title)
02-24 -- Iran Barkley, Atlantic City, NJ, W 12
(Won WBC Middleweight Title)


1988
10-01 -- Jeff Lanas, Chicago, IL, W 10
04-14 -- Paul Thorne, Atlantic City, NJ, W TKO 6
02-05 -- Ricky Stackhouse, Atlantic City, NJ, W 10


1987
09-12 -- Juan Carlos Gimenez, Miami Beach, FL, W 10
05-16 -- Victor Claudio, Miami Beach, FL, W 10


1986
06-23 -- Robbie Sims, Las Vegas, NV, L 10
04-18 -- Jorge Suero, Panama City, Panama, W KO 2
01-31 -- Manuel Zambrano, Panama City, Panama, W KO 2


1984
06-15 -- Thomas Hearns, Las Vegas, NV, L KO 2
(For WBC Light Middleweight Title)


1983
11-10 -- Marvin Hagler, Las Vegas, NV, L 15
(For WBC Middleweight Title)
(For WBA Middleweight Title)
(For IBF Middleweight Title)
06-16 -- Davey Moore, New York, NY, W TKO 8
(Won WBA Light Middleweight Title)
01-29 -- Pipino Cuevas, Los Angeles, CA, W TKO 4


1982
11-12 -- Jimmy Batten, Miami, FL, W 10
09-04 -- Kirkland Laing, Detroit, MI, L 10
01-30 -- Wilfred Benitez, Las Vegas, NV, L 15
(For WBC Light Middleweight Title)


1981
09-26 -- Luigi Minchillo, Las Vegas, NV, W 10
08-09 -- Nino (Mike) Gonzalez, Cleveland, OH, W 10


1980
11-25 -- Sugar Ray Leonard, New Orleans, LA, L TKO 8
(Lost WBC Welterweight Title)
06-20 -- Sugar Ray Leonard, Montreal, Canada, W 15
(Won WBC Welterweight Title)
02-24 -- Wellington Wheatley, Las Vegas, NV, W KO 6
01-13 -- Joseph Nsubuga, Las Vegas, NV, W TKO 4


1979
09-28 -- Zeferino Gonzalez, Las Vegas, NV, W 10
06-22 -- Carlos Palomino, New York, NY, W 10
04-08 -- Jimmy Heair, Las Vegas, NV, W 10


1978
12-08 -- Monroe Brooks, New York, NY, W KO 8
09-01 -- Ezequiel Obando, Panama City, Panama, W KO 2
04-27 -- Adolfo Viruet, New York, NY, W 10
01-21 -- Esteban DeJesus, Las Vegas, NV, W TKO 12
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
(Won WBC Lightweight Title)


1977
09-17 -- Edwin Viruet, Philadelphia, PA, W 15
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
08-06 -- Bernardo Diaz, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
05-16 -- Javier Muniz, Landover, MD, W 10
01-29 -- Vilomar Fernandez, Miami Beach, FL, W KO 13
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)


1976
10-15 -- Alvaro Rojas, Hollywood, FL, W KO 1
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
07-31 -- Emiliano Villa, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 7
05-23 -- Lou Bizzarro, Erie, PA, W KO 14
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
05-04 -- Saoul Mamby, Miami Beach, FL, W 10


1975
12-14 -- Leoncio Ortiz, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, W KO 15
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
09-30 -- Edwin Viruet, Uniondale, NY, W 10
09-13 -- Alirio Acuna, Chitre, Panama, W KO 3
08-02 -- Pedro Mendoza, Managua, Nicaragua, W KO 1
06-03 -- Jose Peterson, Miami Beach, FL, W TKO 1
03-02 -- Ray Lampkin, Panama City, Panama, W KO 14
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
02-15 -- Andres Salgado, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1


1974
12-21 -- Masataka Takayama, San Jose, Costa Rica, W TKO 1
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
11-16 -- Adalberto Vanegas, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
10-31 -- Jose Vasquez, San Jose, Costa Rica, W KO 2
09-02 -- Hector Matta, San Juan, Puerto Rico, W 10
07-06 -- Flash Gallego, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 5
03-16 -- Esteban DeJesus, Panama City, Panama, W KO 11
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
02-16 -- Armando Mendoza, Panama City, Panama, W KO 3
01-21 -- Leonard Tavarez, Paris, France, W TKO 4


1973
12-01 -- Tony Garcia, Santiago de Veraguas, Panama, W KO 4
09-08 -- Ishimatsu Suzuki, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 10
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
08-04 -- Adolphus McClendon, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, W 10
06-02 -- Hector Thompson, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 8
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)
04-14 -- Gerardo Ferrat, Panama City, Panama, W KO 2
03-17 -- Javier Ayala, Los Angeles, CA, W 10
02-23 -- Juan Medina, Los Angeles, CA, W KO 7
01-20 -- Jimmy Robertson, Panama City, Panama, W KO 5
(Retained WBA Lightweight Title)


1972
11-17 -- Esteban DeJesus, New York, NY, L 10
10-29 -- Lupe Ramirez, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
09-02 -- Greg Potter, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
06-26 -- Ken Buchanan, New York, NY, W TKO 13
(Won WBA Lightweight Title)
03-10 -- Francisco Munoz, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
01-15 -- Angel (Robinson) Garcia, Panama City, Panama, W 10


1971
10-16 -- Hiroshi Kobayashi, Panama City, Panama, W KO 7
09-13 -- Benny Huertas, New York, NY, W TKO 1
07-18 -- Fermin Soto, Monterrey, Mexico, W TKO 3
05-29 -- Lloyd Marshall, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 6
03-31 -- Jose Acosta, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
01-05 -- Jose Angel Herrera, Monterrey, Mexico, W KO 6


1970
10-18 -- Ignacio Castaneda, Panama City, Panama, W KO 2
09-05 -- Marvin Castanedas, Chiriqui, Panama, W KO 1
07-10 -- Clemente Mucino, Colon, Panama, W KO 6
05-16 -- Ernesto Marcel, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 10
04-05 -- Felipe Torres, Mexico City, Mexico, W 10


1969
11-23 -- Luis Patino, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 8
09-21 -- Serafin Garcia, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 5
06-22 -- Adolfo Osses, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 7
05-18 -- Jacinto Garcia, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 4
02-01 -- Eduardo Frutos, Panama City, Panama, W 6
01-19 -- Alberto Brand, Panama City, Panama, W TKO 4


1968
12-07 -- Carlos Howard, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
11-16 -- Carlos Howard, Colon, Panama, W 6
09-22 -- Ulises de Leon, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
08-25 -- Leroy Cargill, Panama City, Panama, W KO 1
08-10 -- Enrique Jacobo, Colon, Panama, W KO 1
06-30 -- Eduardo Morales, Colon, Panama, W KO 1
05-14 -- Juan Gondola, Colon, Panama, W KO 1
04-04 -- Manuel Jimenez, Colon, Panama, W KO 1
02-23 -- Carlos Mendoza, Colon, Panama, W 4


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
former 2-Time WBA World Lightweight Champion
former WBC World Lightweight Champion
former WBC World Welterweight Champion
former WBA World Light Middleweight Champion
former WBC World Middleweight Champion
former NBA Super Middleweight Champion





[Edited on 18-7-2004 by Ocelot]




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