Roberto Durán in 1994, before the fight with Vinny Paz.
|Real name||Roberto Carlos Durán Samaniego|
|Nickname(s)||Manos de Piedra
("Hands of Stone"),
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
June 16, 1951 |
El Chorrillo, Panama
|Wins by KO||79|
Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed "Manos de Piedra" ("Hands of Stone") during his career.
In 2002, he was chosen by The Ring to be the fifth greatest fighter of the last 80 years. Bert Sugar rated him as the eighth greatest fighter of all-time and the Associated Press voted Duran as the #1 lightweight of the 20th century. Many even consider him the greatest lightweight of all time. He held world titles at four different weights—lightweight (1972–79), welterweight (1980), light middleweight (1983–84) and middleweight (1989). He was the second boxer to have fought a span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson. However, he is most infamous for abruptly forfeiting his welterweight title in the middle of his 1980 rematch with challenger Sugar Ray Leonard.
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 120 fights, 104 wins with 69 KOs. Up until the second Ray Leonard fight, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel.
Roberto Durán was born on June 16, 1951 in Guarare, Panama. His mother, Clara Samaniego, was a native of Guararé, Panama, and his father, Margarito Durán Sanchez, was from Arizona, United States of Mexican descent. He was raised in the slums of El Chorrillo in the district "La Casa de Piedra" (The House of Stone) Panama. He began sparring with experienced boxers at the Neco de La Guardia gymnasium when he was only eight years old. He made his professional debut in 1968 at the age of 16.
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 in Madison Square Garden, New York for the WBA Lightweight Championship. Durán, as a 2-to-1 underdog, scored a knock down against the defending champion just fifteen seconds into the opening round and battered him throughout the bout. He was well ahead on all three cards as the bell rang to end the 13th round, at which time Durán (apparently not hearing the bell due to crowd noise and the heat of the moment) continued to throw a couple of extra punches as Buchanan lay on the ropes. Upon closer inspection of the famed low blow, referee Johnny LoBianco can be seen standing behind Durán as the bell rang and immediately grabbed Durán in a bear hug-like style to pull Durán away from Buchanan. LoBianco can clearly be seen in the video altering the direction of Duran's right arm, pulling it downward as Durán attempted to throw a clean body punch at Buchanan; thus the infamous ridicule of Durán intentionally throwing a low blow was born. Buchanan immediately dropped to the canvas writhing in pain from a groin punch, that Buchanan's trainer, Gil Clancy, said was caused by a knee to the groin (which it wasn't). Referee Johnny LoBianco awarded the fight to Durán, insisting that the blow that took down Buchanan was "in the abdomen, not any lower" (the punch did land below belt line, LoBianco was out of position to see it) and that he felt that Buchanan would be unable to continue fighting. 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. Buchanan said he left the fight, "with sore balls".
Durán 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. Durán got back on track with successful title defenses against Jimmy Robertson, Hector Thompson and future Lightweight Champion Guts Ishimatsu. In 1974, Durán avenged 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 bout with De Jesus, a unification match where Durán once again knocked out De Jesus and captured his WBC Lightweight Championship. Durán gave up the Undisputed Lightweight Championship in February 1979.
Vacating the Lightweight title was a buildup 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 was the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the same location where Leonard won an Olympic gold medal during the 1976 Summer Olympics. Durán 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. On June 20, 1980, Durán captured the WBC Welterweight title by defeating Leonard via a 15-round unanimous- decision. The fight became known as "The Brawl in Montreal."
In the November rematch, Durán 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. In the seventh round, Leonard started to taunt Durán. His most memorable punch came late in the round. Winding up with his right hand, as if to throw a bolo punch, Leonard hit Durán flush in the face with a left. In the eighth round, Durán, slightly behind on all three scorecards, shortly after a vicious right uppercut from Leonard, 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 and claimed he quit because he was having stomach cramps. However, Durán's manager, Carlos Eleta, said, "Durán didn't quit because of stomach cramps. He quit because he was embarrassed. I know this."
He took some time to recover from that fight and gained even more weight to contend for the WBC Light Middleweight title, but losing in his first attempt at a championship in that division on January 30, 1982, against Wilfred Benítez by a 15 round unanimous decision. Durán was also to lose his comeback fight in September 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 light 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 still inexperienced Moore (12-0) was game through the first three rounds, but by the 4th, Durán said he knew Moore couldn't hurt him, and an onslaught began. 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.
Durán later fought for the World Middleweight Championship, meeting Marvelous Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas in November 1983, but losing in a very competitive fight that went the full fifteen rounds, although after 12 rounds two of the judges had Durán ahead on points. Hagler fought tenaciously over the final three rounds to earn a unanimous decision. Despite the loss, Durán became the second man to take Hagler to a fifteen round decision (Vito Antuofermo was the other) and the only one to do so while Hagler was the world champion.
In June 1984, Durán was stripped of his Light Middleweight title when the WBA did not approve of his fight with WBC Champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns and took away recognition of Durán as world champion the moment Durán stepped into the ring to box Hearns. Durán again made history in the fight, but this time it was the wrong kind. Hearns dropped Durán twice in the first round and as he rose to his feet after the second knockdown, which ended the round, the former champion did not know where his corner was. Hearns went on to knock Duran down a third time in the second round and the fight was stopped, marking the first time in his career that Durán had been knocked out in a fight (the "No Más" fight, which was officially recorded as a technical knockout, saw Duran quit).
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 Durán's greatest achievements, as the 37 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 1990 (a fight dubbed Uno Más—One More—by promoters), which Leonard won by wide unanimous decision. Durán 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).
Durán fought Vinny Pazienza in 1994 and 1995 for the IBC Super Middleweight Championship and was defeated both times by unanimous decision, but many people felt Duran clearly won the first bout and he was robbed of the victory.
In 1996, he was challenged by Héctor Camacho for the vacant IBC Middleweight Championship but lost by a very controversial 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, Durán avenged a previous loss to Pat Lawlor and won the NBA Super Middleweight Championship on his 49th birthday. He lost the title a year later to Héctor Camacho in a rematch bout and in what would be Durán's final fight.
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.
Announcing his retirement, Durán cited the weight issues of his friend, Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, as motivation for getting back in shape, stating: "As of now, I am exercising so that when the [retirement] honors arrive the people will see me in shape. I don't want to [look] like Maradona did, all fat."
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 69 wins by knockout place him in an exclusive group of boxers who have won 50 or more fights by knockout. He is ranked number 28 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.
Appearances in film/music
Durán's life and boxing career are told in the documentary Los puños de una nación ("The Fists of a Nation") by Panamanian filmmaker Pituka Ortega-Heilbron. Durán also appears very briefly during an interview for the documentary The Panama Deception (1992), in which he recounts his experience during the United States invasion of Panama.
Durán played the drug lord Jesus Maroto in Miami Vice season two, episode 19.
In the fourth episode of the second season of the hit American crime drama CSI: NY, Durán is mentioned by the medical examiner while discussing a dead man found to have metal screws put in his hands to boost his punching power.
The song "The Eyes of Roberto Durán" by Tom Russell is featured on the album The Long Way Around, and contains the lyric, "Panama City it's three in the morning, they're talking 'bout the Hands of Stone."
The musician Jackie Leven recorded a song ("Museum of Childhood") that explores the events of the second world title fight between Durán and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Durán is also mentioned in the third verse of Paul Thorn's "Hammer and Nail," based on Thorn's nationally televised fight with Durán:
|“||I climbed in the ring with Roberto Durán and the punches began to rain down
He hit me with a dozen hard uppercuts and my corner threw in the towel
Texas rockabilly band Reverend Horton Heat mentions Durán in their song "Eat Steak," off of their album Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em.
|104 Wins (69 knockouts, 32 decisions, 1 retirement), 16 Losses (4 knockouts, 12 decisions), 0 Draws|
|Loss||103-16||Héctor Camacho||UD||12 (12)||2001-07-14||Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, United States||Lost NBA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||103-15||Patrick Goossen||UD||10 (10)||2000-08-12||Yakama Legends Casino, Toppenish, Washington, United States|
|Win||102-15||Pat Lawlor||UD||12 (12)||2000-06-16||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Juan Diaz, Panama||Won NBA Super Middleweight title.
First boxer to compete in five decades.
|Loss||101-15||Omar Gonzalez||UD||10 (10)||1999-03-06||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Loss||101-14||William Joppy||TKO||3 (12), 2:54||1998-08-28||Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBA Middleweight title.|
|Win||101-13||Felix Jose Hernandez||UD||10 (10)||1998-01-31||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||100-13||David Radford||UD||8 (8)||1997-11-15||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||99–13||Jorge Fernando Castro||UD||10 (10)||1997-06-14||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Loss||98–13||Jorge Fernando Castro||UD||10 (10)||1997-02-15||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Win||98–12||Mike Culbert||TKO||6 (10)||1996-09-27||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, United States|
|Win||97–12||Ariel Cruz||KO||1 (10)||1996-08-31||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Loss||96–12||Héctor Camacho||UD||12 (12)||1996-06-22||Mark Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For vacant IBC Middleweight title.|
|Win||96–11||Ray Domenge||UD||10 (10)||1996-02-20||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||95–11||Wilbur Garst||TKO||4 (10)||1995-12-21||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||94–11||Roni Martinez||TKO||7 (10), 2:59||1995-06-10||Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||93–11||Vinny Pazienza||UD||12 (12)||1995-01-14||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For IBC Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||93–10||Heath Todd||TKO||7 (10)||1994-10-18||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||92–10||Vinny Pazienza||UD||12 (12)||1994-06-25||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For IBC Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||92–9||Terry Thomas||TKO||4 (10)||1994-03-29||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||91–9||Carlos Montero||UD||10 (10)||1994-02-22||Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France|
|Win||90–9||Tony Menefee||TKO||8 (10)||1993-12-14||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||89–9||Sean Fitzgerald||KO||6 (10)||1993-08-17||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||88–9||Jacques LeBlanc||UD||10 (10)||1993-06-29||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||87–9||Ken Hulsey||KO||2 (10), 2:45||1992-12-17||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||86–9||Tony Biglen||UD||10 (10)||1992-09-30||Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Loss||85–9||Pat Lawlor||TKO||6 (10), 1:50||1991-03-18||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Durán injures his shoulder and is unable to continue.|
|Loss||85–8||Sugar Ray Leonard||UD||12 (12)||1989-12-07||Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||85–7||Iran Barkley||SD||12 (12)||1989-02-24||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won WBC Middleweight title.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1989)
|Win||84–7||Jeff Lanas||SD||10 (10)||1988-10-01||International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||83–7||Paul Thorn||RTD||6 (10)||1988-04-14||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||82–7||Ricky Stackhouse||UD||10 (10)||1988-02-05||Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||81–7||Juan Ferreyra||UD||10 (10)||1987-09-12||James L. Knight Center, Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||80–7||Victor Claudio||UD||10 (10)||1987-05-16||Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Loss||79–7||Robbie Sims||SD||10 (10)||1986-06-23||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||79–6||Jorge Suero||KO||2 (10), 1:45||1986-04-18||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||78–6||Manuel Zambrano||KO||2 (10), 2:57||1986-01-31||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Loss||77–6||Thomas Hearns||KO||2 (15)||1984-06-15||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC Light Middleweight title.|
|Loss||77–5||Marvelous Marvin Hagler||UD||15 (15)||1983-11-10||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC, WBA, IBF & The Ring Middleweight titles.|
|Win||77–4||Davey Moore||TKO||8 (15), 2:02||1983-06-16||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||Won WBA Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||76–4||Pipino Cuevas||TKO||4 (12), 2:26||1983-01-29||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||75–4||Jimmy Batten||UD||10 (10)||1982-11-12||Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||74–4||Kirkland Laing||SD||10 (10)||1982-09-04||Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States||1982 Upset of the Year - Ring Magazine|
|Loss||74–3||Wilfred Benítez||UD||15 (15)||1982-01-30||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBC Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||74–2||Luigi Minchillo||UD||10 (10)||1981-09-26||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||73–2||Nino Gonzalez||UD||10 (10)||1981-08-09||Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||72–2||Sugar Ray Leonard||TKO||8 (15), 2:44||1980-11-25||Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||Lost WBC & The Ring Welterweight titles.|
|Win||72–1||Sugar Ray Leonard||UD||15 (15)||1980-06-20||Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won WBC & The Ring Welterweight titles.|
|Win||71–1||Wellington Wheatley||TKO||6 (10)||1980-02-24||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||70–1||Joseph Nsubuga||TKO||4 (10), 3:00||1980-01-13||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||69–1||Zeferino Gonzalez||UD||10 (10)||1979-09-28||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||68–1||Carlos Palomino||UD||10 (10)||1979-06-22||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||67–1||Jimmy Heair||UD||10 (10)||1979-04-08||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||66–1||Monroe Brooks||KO||8 (12), 1:59||1978-12-08||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||65–1||Ezequiel Obando||KO||2 (10), 1:09||1978-09-01||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||64–1||Adolfo Viruet||UD||10 (10)||1978-04-27||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||63–1||Esteban De Jesús||TKO||12 (15), 2:32||1978-01-21||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBA & The Ring & won WBC Lightweight titles.|
|Win||62–1||Edwin Viruet||UD||15 (15)||1977-09-17||Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||61–1||Bernardo Diaz||KO||1 (10), 1:29||1977-08-06||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||60–1||Javier Muniz||UD||10 (10)||1977-05-16||Capitol Centre, Landover, Maryland, United States|
|Win||59–1||Vilomar Fernandez||KO||13 (15), 2:10||1977-01-29||Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, United States||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||58–1||Alvaro Rojas||TKO||1 (15), 2:17||1976-10-15||Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, United States||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||57–1||Emiliano Villa||TKO||7 (10), 2:00||1976-07-31||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||56–1||Lou Bizzarro||KO||14 (15), 2:15||1976-05-23||County Field House, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||55–1||Saoul Mamby||UD||10 (10)||1976-05-04||Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||54–1||Leoncio Ortiz||KO||15 (15), 2:39||1975-12-20||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||53–1||Edwin Viruet||UD||10 (10)||1975-09-30||Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, United States|
|Win||52–1||Alirio Acuna||KO||3 (10)||1975-09-13||Gimnasio Jose D. Crespo, Chitré, Panama|
|Win||51–1||Pedro Mendoza||KO||1 (10), 2:00||1975-08-02||Estadio Roberto Clemente, Managua, Nicaragua|
|Win||50–1||Jose Peterson||TKO||1 (10)||1975-06-03||Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||49–1||Ray Lampkin||KO||14 (15), 0:39||1975-03-02||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||48–1||Andres Salgado||KO||1 (10), 1:00||1975-02-15||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||47–1||Masataka Takayama||KO||1 (15), 1:40||1974-12-21||Plaza de Toros El Zapote, San José, Costa Rica||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||46–1||Adalberto Vanegas||KO||1 (10)||1974-11-16||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||45–1||Jose Vasquez||KO||2 (10)||1974-10-31||Gimnasio Eddie Cortez, San José, Costa Rica|
|Win||44–1||Hector Matta||UD||10 (10)||1974-09-02||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico|
|Win||43–1||Flash Gallego||TKO||7 (10), 2:35||1974-07-06||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||42–1||Esteban De Jesús||KO||11 (15)||1974-03-16||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||41–1||Armando Mendoza||TKO||3 (10), 1:50||1974-02-16||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||40–1||Leonard Tavarez||TKO||4 (10)||1974-01-21||Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, France|
|Win||39–1||Tony Garcia||KO||3 (10)||1973-12-01||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Santiago, Panama|
|Win||38–1||Guts Ishimatsu||TKO||10 (15), 2:10||1973-09-08||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||37–1||Doc McClendon||UD||10 (10)||1973-08-04||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico|
|Win||36–1||Hector Thompson||TKO||8 (15), 2:15||1973-06-02||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||35–1||Gerardo Ferrat||TKO||2 (10), 2:45||1973-04-14||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||34–1||Javier Ayala||UD||10 (10)||1973-03-17||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||33–1||Juan Medina||KO||7 (10), 1:22||1973-02-22||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||32–1||Jimmy Robertson||KO||5 (15)||1973-01-20||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama||Retained WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Loss||31–1||Esteban De Jesús||UD||10 (10)||1972-11-17||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||A non-title fight at Light Welterweight.|
|Win||31–0||Lupe Ramirez||KO||1 (10), 3:03||1972-10-28||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||30–0||Greg Potter||KO||1 (10), 1:58||1972-09-02||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||29–0||Ken Buchanan||TKO||13 (15)||1972-06-26||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||Won WBA & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Win||28–0||Francisco Munoz||TKO||1 (10), 2:34||1972-03-10||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||27–0||Angel 'Robinson' Garcia||UD||10 (10)||1972-01-15||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||26–0||Hiroshi Kobayashi||KO||7 (10), 0:30||1971-10-16||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||25–0||Benny Huertas||TKO||1 (10), 1:06||1971-09-13||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||24–0||Fermin Soto||TKO||3 (10)||1971-07-18||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Win||23–0||Lloyd Marshall||TKO||6 (10), 1:37||1971-05-29||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||22–0||Jose Acosta||KO||1 (10), 1:55||1971-03-21||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||21–0||Jose Angel Herrera||KO||6 (10)||1971-01-10||Toreo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
|Win||20–0||Ignacio Castaneda||TKO||3 (10)||1970-10-18||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||19–0||Marvin Castaneda||KO||1 (10), 1:30||1970-09-05||Gimnasio Municipal, Puerto Armuelles, Panama|
|Win||18–0||Clemente Mucino||KO||6 (10), 2:18||1970-07-18||Arena de Colon, Colón, Panama|
|Win||17–0||Ernesto Marcel||TKO||10 (10)||1970-05-16||Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||16–0||Felipe Torres||UD||10 (10)||1970-03-28||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||15–0||Luis Patino||TKO||8 (10)||1969-11-23||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||14–0||Serafin Garcia||TKO||5 (8)||1969-09-21||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||13–0||Adolfo Osses||TKO||7 (8)||1969-06-22||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||12–0||Jacinto Garcia||TKO||4 (8)||1969-05-18||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||11–0||Eduardo Frutos||UD||6 (6)||1969-02-01||Estadio Nacional, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||10–0||Alberto Brand||TKO||4 (6)||1969-01-19||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||9–0||Carlos Howard||TKO||1 (6)||1968-12-07||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||8–0||Juan Gondola||KO||2 (6)||1968-11-16||Arena de Colon, Colón, Panama|
|Win||7–0||Cesar De Leon||KO||1 (6), 1:20||1968-09-22||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||6–0||Leroy Carghill||KO||1 (6)||1968-08-25||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||5–0||Enrique Jacobo||KO||1 (6)||1968-08-10||Panama City, Panama|
|Win||4–0||Eduardo Morales||KO||1 (4), 3:00||1968-06-30||Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama|
|Win||3–0||Manuel Jiménez||KO||1 (4)||1968-06-15||Arena de Colon, Colón, Panama|
|Win||2–0||Juan Gondola||KO||1 (4)||1968-05-14||Colón, Panama|
|Win||1–0||Carlos Mendoza||UD||4 (4)||1968-02-23||Arena de Colon, Colón, Panama||Professional Debut|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
- WBA Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
- WBC Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
- WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBA Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBC Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
Minor World Titles:
- NBA Super Middleweight Champion (168 lbs)
- List of lightweight boxing champions
- List of WBC world champions
- List of undisputed boxing champions
- Notable boxing families
- List of boxing triple champions
- List of boxing quadruple champions
- List of boxing quintuple champions
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- Smith, Red. "And New Champion", The New York Times, June 28, 1972. Accessed October 1, 2009.
- Fox Sports, "Beyond The Glory" episode on YouTube
- Roberto Duran Speaks: The Untold Story Is Finally Revealed!, Bill Brubaker, New York Daily News, 1981
- He That Was Lost Has Been Found, Sports Illustrated, June 27, 1983
- "Roberto Duran quits boxing at 50 after car crash". usatoday.com. Retrieved January 26, 2002.
- "Duran inducted into World Boxing Hall of Fame". espn.com. Retrieved October 15, 2006.
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- Professional boxing record for Roberto Durán from BoxRec
- The Official Web Site of Roberto Durán, hosted by CMG Worldwide as Durán's representative
- Roberto Durán - IBHOF Biography
- Remembering Roberto Duran - Fightfanatics.com
- Ken Buchanan - Lightweight Champion of the World - Ken Buchanan site with detailed bio, statistics, full fight with Roberto Duran and more
|WBA Lightweight Champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Title next held byErnesto España
|The Ring Lightweight Champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Title next held byJim Watt
Esteban De Jesús
|WBC Lightweight Champion
January 21, 1978 – January 1979
Sugar Ray Leonard
|WBC Welterweight Champion
June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
Sugar Ray Leonard
|The Ring Welterweight Champion
June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
|WBA Light Middleweight Champion
June 16, 1983 – June 15, 1984
Title next held byMike McCallum
|WBC Middleweight Champion
February 24, 1989 – 1990
Title next held byJulian Jackson
|Titles in pretence|
|Vacant||World Super Middleweight Champion
June 16, 2000 - July 14, 2001
|The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year
Tony Lopez W12 Rocky Lockridge
|The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
W12 Iran Barkley
Julio César Chávez KO 12 Meldrick Taylor
|The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year