The legend of the panamanian boxing Roberto Duran, a world champion in four weight classes different and whose duels with Sugar Ray Leonard remained memorable, has contracted the Covid-19 and was in the hospital Thursday, said his son Robin.
“The results of the tests of my father were just arriving and they confirm that it is a positive Covid-19”, wrote Robin Duran on Instagram.
“Thank god, for the moment, he has no symptoms beyond the common cold. He is not in intensive care or on life support, just observation”, he added, specifying that his father had “a lung damaged from a road accident several years ago in Argentina”.
Robin Duran had been a few hours earlier that his father, age 69, had been hospitalized as a precaution for a “respiratory virus”, which turned out to be the Covid-19.
“We just talk to the doctor who told us that his lungs are going well. We hope that all will be well”, concluded the son of the one who is considered a national hero in Panama, a country of which he is one of the greatest athletes in history.
“Hands of stone”
Nicknamed “hands of stone”, Duran has experienced exceptional longevity, boxant among professionals from 16 to 50 years. In 119 fights, he won 103 times and was defeated 16 times.
Champion of the world, it has been in four different categories: lightweight at 21 years of age (WBA 1972-1979 – WBC 1978-1979), weight welter (WBC 1980), super welterweights (WBA 1983-1984), middleweight (WBC) in 1989 at the age of 38.
In the ring, and what that suggests his nickname, Duran was not only a puncher formidable, its ferocity, its feints, its defense also made of the devastation and offered to the noble art among his greatest moments in the 80’s. Whether in victory or defeat.
His first two clash with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 are, and have remained legendary. He won the first for the gain of the belt WBC welter, and then lost the rematch by giving up the 8th resumed with these words remained famous: “No más! no más!”.
A third fight took place nine years later, again for the loss of the WBC title means, he had conquered just before the expense of Iran Barkley in what was called fight of the year 1989.
Its two losses against Marvin Hagler at middleweight in 1983 and Thomas Hearns at welter in 1984, were also two great moments in boxing.