#TBT Sports Blog: Boxer Roberto Duran or “Hands of Stone”

Former World Champion Roberto Duran

 

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers world champion boxer Roberto Duran aptly nicknamed “Hands of Stone.”

This Panamanian boxer regularly pummeled his opponents.

With 70 career knock-outs, Roberto Duran punched with such power that observers claimed he possessed Hands of Stone.

ESPN.com called Duran’s nickname the greatest nickname in a sport famous for great nicknames.

 

Pound for pound the 5’7” and 150 lb. Duran is widely known as one the best boxers to have ever set foot in the ring.

His amazing endurance in the ring lasted five decades. Duran’s career spanned from his 1968 professional debut in Panama to his unexpected retirement in 2001 due to a near fatal car crash.

Roberto Duran Fight Against Sugar Ray Leonard

One of Duran’s most famous fights pitted him against fellow lightweight Sugar Ray Leonard in a rematch. Duran had already defeated Sugar Ray by unanimous decision in June 1980 in a fight called the Brawl in Montreal. Oddly, in their November 1980 rematch, Duran walked out of the ring uttering, “no mas,” meaning “no more,” in Spanish. As a result, he forfeited his championship belt.

An inductee into the World Boxing and International Boxing Hall of Fames, Duran fought 119 times, winning 103 bouts. He earned a reputation as a punishing brawler inside the ropes.

However, outside the ropes Duran made headlines as well Panamanian lore. The story tells of an angry Duran once knocking out a horse with his Hands of Stone. To add to his tough image, many reported that the brash boxer once paraded his pet lion Walla around a hotel.

Few boxers in history have mirrored Duran’s varied success in the ring.

Roberto Duran Won Championship in Four Different Weight Classes

The Hands of Stone Panamanian used his punching prowess to win four world championship belts in four different weight classes. Duran captured crowns in lightweight (1972-1979), welterweight (1980), light middleweight (1983-1984) and middleweight (1989).

There may be “no mas,” or no more, of the 60 year-old Roberto Duran in the boxing ring. But, this incredible fighter is featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary film titled after his nickname.

In this film, boxing fans witness more, yes much more, of the boxer famous for having Hands of Stone.

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