Roberto Durán

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Durán and the second or maternal family name is Samaniego.
Roberto Durán
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Durán in 1994, before his fight with Vinny Paz
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Real name Roberto Durán Samaniego
Nickname(s)
  • Manos de Piedra
    ("Hands of Stone")
  • El Cholo
  • Rocky
Rated at
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 66 in (168 cm)
Nationality Panamanian
Born (1951-06-16) June 16, 1951 (age 65)
El Chorrillo, Panama
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 119
Wins 103
Wins by KO 70
Losses 16

Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 2001. Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Durán was a versatile brawler and in-fighter in the ring, which earned him the nickname of ""Manos de Piedra" ("Hands of Stone") for his devastating punching power.[1] He held world titles in four weight classeslightweight (1972–1979), welterweight (1980), light middleweight (1983–1984) and middleweight (1989)—including a reign as the undisputed and lineal lightweight champion (1978–1979), and the lineal welterweight champion (1980).[2] He is also the second boxer to have competed over a span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson. However, Durán is most infamous for abruptly forfeiting his welterweight title in the middle of his 1980 rematch with challenger Sugar Ray Leonard.

In 2002, Durán was voted by The Ring magazine as the fifth greatest fighter of the last 80 years,[3] while boxing historian Bert Sugar rated him as the eighth greatest fighter of all time. The Associated Press voted him as the best lightweight of the 20th century,[4] with many considering him the greatest lightweight of all time. Durán finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with an epic professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins, and 70 knockouts. Up until his fight with Wilfred Benítez in 1982, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel.

Early life[edit]

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 Sánchez, was from Arizona, United States, and of Mexican descent.[5] 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.[6] He made his professional debut in 1968 at the age of 16.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Lightweight[edit]

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.[8] 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) continued to throw a couple of extra punches as Buchanan lay on the ropes. As Duran continued punching, the referee, Johnny LoBianco, grabbed him to pull him away. He pulled down on Duran's arms, which led to a seemingly accidental low blow. Buchanan dropped to the canvas in pain. His trainer Gil Clancy, later said he had believed the blow to have been caused by a knee, though footage showed it to be a punch. Duran was not disqualified from the bout; instead, he was deemed as winner by thirteenth round technical knockout.[9] 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.[10] Buchanan said he left the fight, "with sore balls".[11]

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 when Durán fought a third bout with De Jesus, a unification match wherein Durán once again knocked out De Jesus and captured his WBC Lightweight Championship. Durán gave up the Undisputed Lightweight Championship in February 1979.

Welterweight[edit]

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 (145-144, 148-147, 146-144).[12] The fight became known as "The Brawl in Montreal."

"No más"[edit]

After defeating Leonard in Montreal, Duran gained iconic status in his homeland. He quickly gained weight. Leonard initiated the rematch clause and asked for the fight to be the following November. During the seventh round, after Leonard had gained a slight lead on the scorecards, Leonard began taunting and mocking Duran. Duran was unable to get Leonard against the ropes, as he had in their first fight. Half way into the eighth round, Duran suddenly stopped fighting, supposedly saying, "No más" ("no more").[13][14] Duran disputes this, claiming what he actually said was, "No Peleo" ("I won't fight").[15] He further claimed that he knew that he was out of shape and wanted to abandon an obviously losing effort to save his strength.

Middleweight[edit]

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, this after having defeated Nino Gonzalez and Luigi Minchillo, two rated Light Middleweights, both by ten round decisions in non-title bouts. 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.[16] 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.[17]

Durán later fought for the World Middleweight Championship, meeting Marvelous Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas in November 1983, but lost 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 was officially recorded as a technical knockout, because 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.

Super middleweight[edit]

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 1989 (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 International Boxing Council (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.

Retirement[edit]

Duran signs autographs at a Houston sports collectors show in January 2014.
Durán training Shane Mosley for his fight against David Avanesyan, 2016

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.[18]

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."[18]

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 is 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,[19] and on June 10, 2007, into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

Today he is the brand ambassador of Panama Blue, Panama's premium bottled water.[20]

Duran is a licensed ultralight aircraft pilot in Panama. He flew a Quick Silver MX model.[21]

Appearances in film/music[edit]

Film[edit]

Durán (right) appeared in a book by Prvoslav Vujčić (left)
Durán (right) attending the screening of Hands of Stone at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, with director Jonathan Jakubowicz, actor Robert De Niro and De Niro's wife Grace Hightower.

Durán's first appearance in a movie was in the 1979 film Rocky II as a lightning-fast sparring partner for Rocky Balboa. Outside of this, Durán had minor roles in Harlem Nights.

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.

The biopic Hands of Stone stars Édgar Ramírez as Durán, Robert De Niro as Ray Arcel and Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard, and was released on August 26, 2016.[22][23]

Television[edit]

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.

Music[edit]

The song "The Eyes of Roberto Durán" by Tom Russell, from the album The Long Way Around, contains the lyric, "Panama City - it's three in the morning; they're talking 'bout the Hands of Stone."

Durán is mentioned in the third verse of Nas' original demo for It Ain't Hard to Tell in the line: "Metaphors of murder man, hittin' like Roberto Durán, hold the mic in my hand, my lifespan."[24]

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.

Jazz musician Miles Davis, an avid boxing fan, recorded a tribute to Roberto Durán titled "Duran".

Durán is also mentioned in the third verse of Paul Thorn's "Hammer and Nail," based on Thorn's nationally televised fight with Durán:

Texas rockabilly band Reverend Horton Heat mentions Durán in their song "Eat Steak," off of their album Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
119 fights 103 wins 16 losses
By knockout 71 4
By decision 32 12
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
119 Loss 103–16 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho UD 12 Jul 14, 2001 United States Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Lost NBA super middleweight title
118 Win 103–15 United States Patrick Goossen UD 10 Aug 12, 2000 United States Yakama Legends Casino, Toppenish, Washington, U.S.
117 Win 102–15 United States Pat Lawlor UD 12 Jun 16, 2000 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Juan Díaz, Panama Won NBA super middleweight title
116 Loss 101–15 Argentina Omar Gonzalez UD 10 Mar 6, 1999 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
115 Loss 101–14 United States William Joppy TKO 3 (12), 2:54 Aug 28, 1998 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. For WBA middleweight title
114 Win 101–13 Colombia Felix Jose Hernandez UD 10 Jan 31, 1998 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
113 Win 100–13 United Kingdom David Radford UD 8 Nov 15, 1997 South Africa Carousel Hotel and Casino, Temba, South Africa
112 Win 99–13 Argentina Jorge Fernando Castro UD 10 Jun 14, 1997 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
111 Loss 98–13 Argentina Jorge Castro UD 10 Feb 15, 1997 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina
110 Win 98–12 Republic of Ireland Mike Culbert TKO 6 (10), 2:24 Sep 27, 1996 United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S.
109 Win 97–12 Mexico Ariel Cruz KO 1 (10) Aug 31, 1996 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
108 Loss 96–12 Puerto Rico Héctor Camacho UD 12 Jun 22, 1996 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For vacant IBC middleweight title
107 Win 96–11 United States Ray Domenge UD 10 Feb 20, 1996 United States Mahi Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
106 Win 95–11 United States Wilbur Garst TKO 4 (10), 2:14 Dec 21, 1995 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
105 Win 94–11 United States Roni Martinez TKO 7 (10), 2:59 Jun 10, 1995 United States Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
104 Loss 93–11 United States Vinny Pazienza UD 12 Jan 14, 1995 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For IBC super middleweight title
103 Win 93–10 United States Heath Todd TKO 6 (10), 3:00 Oct 18, 1994 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
102 Loss 92–10 United States Vinny Pazienza UD 12 Jun 25, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant IBC super middleweight title
101 Win 92–9 United States Terry Thomas TKO 4 (10), 1:02 Mar 29, 1994 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
100 Win 91–9 United States Carlos Montero UD 10 Feb 22, 1994 France Marseille, France
99 Win 90–9 United States Tony Menefee TKO 8 (10) Dec 14, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
98 Win 89–9 United States Sean Fitzgerald KO 6 (10), 1:43 Aug 17, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
97 Win 88–9 Canada Jacques LeBlanc UD 10 Jun 29, 1993 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
96 Win 87–9 United States Ken Hulsey KO 2 (10), 2:45 Dec 17, 1992 United States CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
95 Win 86–9 United States Tony Biglen UD 10 Sep 30, 1992 United States Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
94 Loss 85–9 United States Pat Lawlor TKO 6 (10), 1:50 Mar 18, 1991 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
93 Loss 85–8 United States Sugar Ray Leonard UD 12 Dec 7, 1989 United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC super middleweight title
92 Win 85–7 United States Iran Barkley SD 12 Feb 24, 1989 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won WBC middleweight title
91 Win 84–7 United States Jeff Lanas SD 10 Oct 1, 1988 United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
90 Win 83–7 United States Paul Thorn RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Apr 14, 1988 United States Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
89 Win 82–7 United States Ricky Stackhouse UD 10 Feb 5, 1988 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
88 Win 81–7 Paraguay Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra UD 10 Sep 12, 1987 United States James L. Knight Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
87 Win 80–7 Puerto Rico Victor Claudio UD 10 May 16, 1987 United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
86 Loss 79–7 United States Robbie Sims SD 10 Jun 23, 1986 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
85 Win 79–6 Dominican Republic Jorge Suero KO 2 (10), 1:45 Apr 18, 1986 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
84 Win 78–6 Colombia Manuel Zambrano KO 2 (10), 2:57 Jan 31, 1986 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
83 Loss 77–6 United States Thomas Hearns KO 2 (12) Jun 15, 1984 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC super welterweight title
82 Loss 77–5 United States Marvin Hagler UD 15 Nov 10, 1983 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
81 Win 77–4 United States Davey Moore TKO 8 (15), 2:02 Jun 16, 1983 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBA super welterweight title
80 Win 76–4 Mexico José Cuevas TKO 4 (12), 2:26 Jan 29, 1983 United States Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
79 Win 75–4 United Kingdom Jimmy Batten UD 10 Nov 12, 1982 United States Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, U.S.
78 Loss 74–4 United Kingdom Kirkland Laing SD 10 Sep 4, 1982 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
77 Loss 74–3 Puerto Rico Wilfred Benítez UD 15 Jan 30, 1982 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC super welterweight title
76 Win 74–2 Italy Luigi Minchillo UD 10 Sep 26, 1981 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
75 Win 73–2 United States Nino Gonzalez UD 10 Aug 9, 1981 United States Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
74 Loss 72–2 United States Sugar Ray Leonard TKO 8 (15), 2:44 Nov 25, 1980 United States Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
73 Win 72–1 United States Sugar Ray Leonard UD 15 Jun 20, 1980 Canada Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
72 Win 71–1 Ecuador Wellington Wheatley TKO 6 (10) Feb 24, 1980 United States Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
71 Win 70–1 Norway Joseph Nsubuga RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Jan 13, 1980 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
70 Win 69–1 United States Zeferino Gonzalez UD 10 Sep 28, 1979 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
69 Win 68–1 Mexico Carlos Palomino UD 10 Jun 22, 1979 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
68 Win 67–1 United States Jimmy Heair UD 10 Apr 8, 1979 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
67 Win 66–1 United States Monroe Brooks KO 8 (12), 1:59 Dec 8, 1978 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
66 Win 65–1 Costa Rica Ezequiel Obando KO 2 (10), 1:09 Sep 1, 1978 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
65 Win 64–1 Puerto Rico Adolfo Viruet UD 10 Apr 27, 1978 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
64 Win 63–1 Puerto Rico Esteban de Jesús TKO 12 (15), 2:32 Jan 21, 1978 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles;
Won WBC lightweight title
63 Win 62–1 Puerto Rico Edwin Viruet UD 15 Sep 17, 1977 United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
62 Win 61–1 Dominican Republic Bernardo Diaz KO 1 (10), 1:29 Aug 6, 1977 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
61 Win 60–1 United States Javier Muniz UD 10 May 16, 1977 United States Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, U.S.
60 Win 59–1 Dominican Republic Vilomar Fernandez KO 13 (15), 2:10 Jan 29, 1977 United States Fontainbleau, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
59 Win 58–1 Costa Rica Alvaro Rojas KO 1 (15), 2:17 Oct 15, 1976 United States Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S. Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
58 Win 57–1 Colombia Emiliano Villa TKO 7 (10), 2:00 Jul 31, 1976 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
57 Win 56–1 Italy Lou Bizzarro KO 14 (15), 2:15 May 23, 1976 United States County Field House, Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
56 Win 55–1 United States Saoul Mamby UD 10 May 4, 1976 United States Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
55 Win 54–1 Mexico Leoncio Ortiz KO 15 (15), 2:39 Dec 20, 1975 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
54 Win 53–1 Puerto Rico Edwin Viruet UD 10 Sep 30, 1975 United States Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York City, New York, U.S.
53 Win 52–1 Venezuela Alirio Acuna KO 3 (10) Sep 13, 1975 Panama Gimnasio Jose D. Crespo, Chitré, Panama
52 Win 51–1 Nicaragua Pepe El Toro KO 1 (10), 2:00 Aug 2, 1975 Nicaragua Roberto Clemente Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua
51 Win 50–1 Puerto Rico Jose Peterson TKO 1 (10), 1:02 Jun 3, 1975 United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
50 Win 49–1 United States Ray Lampkin KO 14 (15), 0:39 Mar 2, 1975 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
49 Win 48–1 Colombia Andres Salgado KO 1 (10), 1:00 Feb 15, 1975 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
48 Win 47–1 Japan Masataka Takayama KO 1 (15), 1:40 Dec 21, 1974 Costa Rica Plaza de Toros El Zapote, San José, Costa Rica Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
47 Win 46–1 Colombia Adalberto Vanegas KO 1 (10) Nov 16, 1974 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
46 Win 45–1 Colombia Jose Vasquez KO 2 (10) Oct 31, 1974 Costa Rica Gimnasio Eddie Cortez, San José, Costa Rica
45 Win 44–1 Puerto Rico Hector Matta UD 10 Sep 2, 1974 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
44 Win 43–1 Philippines Flash Gallego TKO 7 (10), 2:35 Jul 6, 1974 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
43 Win 42–1 Puerto Rico Esteban de Jesús KO 11 (15), 1:11 Mar 16, 1974 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
42 Win 41–1 Venezuela Armando Mendoza TKO 3 (10), 1:50 Feb 16, 1974 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
41 Win 40–1 France Leonard Tavarez TKO 4 (10) Jan 21, 1974 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
40 Win 39–1 Puerto Rico Tony Garcia KO 3 (10) Dec 1, 1973 Panama Gimnasio Escuela Normal, Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
39 Win 38–1 Japan Guts Ishimatsu TKO 10 (15), 2:10 Sep 8, 1973 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
38 Win 37–1 United States Doc McClendon UD 10 Aug 4, 1973 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
37 Win 36–1 Australia Hector Thompson TKO 8 (15), 2:15 Jun 2, 1973 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
36 Win 35–1 Mexico Gerardo Ferrat TKO 2 (10), 2:45 Apr 14, 1973 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
35 Win 34–1 Mexico Javier Ayala UD 10 Mar 17, 1973 United States Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
34 Win 33–1 Mexico Juan Medina TKO 7 (10), 1:22 Feb 22, 1973 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
33 Win 32–1 United States Jimmy Robertson KO 5 (15) Jan 20, 1973 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
32 Loss 31–1 Puerto Rico Esteban de Jesús UD 10 Nov 17, 1972 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
31 Win 31–0 Mexico Lupe Ramirez KO 1 (10), 3:03 Oct 28, 1972 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
30 Win 30–0 United States Greg Potter KO 1 (10), 1:58 Sep 2, 1972 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
29 Win 29–0 United Kingdom Ken Buchanan TKO 13 (15) Jun 26, 1972 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
28 Win 28–0 Mexico Francisco Munoz TKO 1 (10), 2:34 Mar 10, 1972 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
27 Win 27–0 Cuba Angel Robinson Garcia UD 10 Jan 15, 1972 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
26 Win 26–0 Japan Hiroshi Kobayashi KO 7 (10), 0:30 Oct 16, 1971 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
25 Win 25–0 Puerto Rico Benny Huertas TKO 1 (10), 1:06 Sep 13, 1971 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Fermin Soto TKO 3 (10) Jul 18, 1971 Mexico Monterrey, Mexico
23 Win 23–0 United States Lloyd Marshall TKO 6 (10), 1:37 May 29, 1971 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
22 Win 22–0 Venezuela Jose Acosta KO 1 (10), 1:55 Mar 21, 1971 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Jose Angel Herrera KO 6 (10) Jan 10, 1971 Mexico Toreo, Monterrey, Mexico
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Ignacio Castaneda TKO 3 (10) Oct 18, 1970 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panamá, Panama City, Panama
19 Win 19–0 Costa Rica Marvin Castaneda KO 1 (10), 1:30 Sep 5, 1970 Panama Gimnasio Municipal, Puerto Armuelles, Panama
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Clemente Mucino KO 6 (10), 2:18 Jul 18, 1970 Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama
17 Win 17–0 Panama Ernesto Marcel TKO 10 (10) May 16, 1970 Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Felipe Torres UD 10 Mar 28, 1970 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
15 Win 15–0 Panama Luis Patino KO 8 (10) Nov 23, 1969 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
14 Win 14–0 Panama Serafin Garcia TKO 5 (8) Sep 21, 1969 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
13 Win 13–0 Panama Adolfo Osses TKO 7 (8) Jun 22, 1969 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
12 Win 12–0 Panama Jacinto Garcia TKO 4 (8) May 18, 1969 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
11 Win 11–0 Panama Eduardo Frutos UD 6 Feb 1, 1969 Panama Estadio Nacional, Panama City, Panama
10 Win 10–0 Panama Alberto Brand TKO 4 (6), 2:50 Jan 19, 1969 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
9 Win 9–0 Panama Carlos Howard TKO 1 (6) Dec 7, 1968 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
8 Win 8–0 Panama Juan Gondola KO 2 (6) Nov 16, 1968 Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama
7 Win 7–0 Panama Cesar De Leon KO 1 (6), 1:20 Sep 22, 1968 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
6 Win 6–0 Panama Leroy Carghill KO 1 (6) Aug 25, 1968 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
5 Win 5–0 Panama Enrique Jacobo KO 1 (6) Aug 10, 1968 Panama Panama City, Panama
4 Win 4–0 Panama Eduardo Morales KO 1 (4), 3:00 Jun 30, 1968 Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
3 Win 3–0 Panama Manuel Jimenez KO 1 (4) Jun 15, 1968 Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama
2 Win 2–0 Panama Juan Gondola KO 1 (4) May 14, 1968 Panama Colón, Panama
1 Win 1–0 Panama Carlos Mendoza UD 4 Feb 23, 1968 Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

World titles
Preceded by
Ken Buchanan
WBA lightweight champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ernesto España
The Ring lightweight champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jim Watt
Lineal lightweight champion
June 26, 1972 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Alexis Argüello
Preceded by
Esteban De Jesús
WBC lightweight champion
January 21, 1978 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jim Watt
Vacant
Title last held by
Ken Buchanan
Undisputed lightweight champion
January 21, 1978 – January 1979
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Pernell Whitaker
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
WBC welterweight champion
June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard
The Ring welterweight champion
June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
Lineal welterweight champion
June 20, 1980 – November 25, 1980
Preceded by
Davey Moore
WBA super welterweight champion
June 16, 1983 – June 15, 1984
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Mike McCallum
Preceded by
Iran Barkley
WBC middleweight champion
February 24, 1989 – December 1989
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Julian Jackson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Lineal Boxing World Champions". Cyber Boxing Zone. 
  3. ^ Andrew Eisele. "Ring Magazine's 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years". About.com Sports. 
  4. ^ "ESPN.com: BOXING – AP Fighters of the Century list". go.com. 
  5. ^ Giudice, Christian (2009). Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran, pp. 14–15. Milo Books Ltd, Lancashire, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-1-903854-75-4.
  6. ^ Giudice, Christian (2009). Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran. p. 27. Milo Books Ltd, Lancashire, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-1-903854-75-4.
  7. ^ Avila, David A. (October 18, 2006). "A Night of Cheers for Roberto Duran and Others". The Sweet Science. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Duran Reigns amid Controversy". The Windsor Star. Associated Press. June 27, 1972. p. 30. Retrieved November 22, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search. 
  9. ^ "Johnny LoBianco, 85, Referee In Controversial Duran Bout", The New York Times, July 21, 2001. Accessed October 1, 2009.
  10. ^ Smith, Red. "And New Champion", The New York Times, June 28, 1972. Accessed October 1, 2009.
  11. ^ "Ken Buchanan loss relived in De Niro film". scotsman.com. 
  12. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Fight:560
  13. ^ Pepe, Phil (November 26, 1980). "Roberto Duran quits in 8th, says 'No mas' in 1980 fight vs. Sugar Ray Leonard". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Snowden, Jonathan (November 25, 2015). "The Men and the Myths: Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and 'No Mas,' 35 Years Later". Bleacher Report. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Roberto Duran says he never said 'no mas'". SI.com. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  16. ^ He That Was Lost Has Been Found, Sports Illustrated, June 27, 1983
  17. ^ [1] Archived April 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ a b "Roberto Duran quits boxing at 50 after car crash". usatoday.com. Retrieved January 26, 2002. 
  19. ^ "Duran inducted into World Boxing Hall of Fame". espn.com. Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  20. ^ "Reseña Empresarial – La Prensa". La Prensa. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  21. ^ [2] Archived December 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Hands of Stone (2016)". IMDb. November 22, 2015. 
  23. ^ Brian Gallagher (November 23, 2010). "Gael Garcia Bernal Has 'Hands of Stone'". MovieWeb. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  24. ^ "The Original Hip-Hop (Rap) Lyrics Archive". Ohhla.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Previous:
Bobby Chacon
The Ring Comeback of the Year
1983
Next:
Marvin Johnson
Previous:
Tony Lopez UD12 Rocky Lockridge
The Ring Fight of the Year
SD12 Iran Barkley

1989
Next:
Julio César Chávez KO12 Meldrick Taylor
Preceded by
Michael Dokes
The Ring Comeback of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Tony Lopez