Coronavirus: Boxing legend Roberto Duran tests positive, son confirms

The son of boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran said Thursday that his father tested positive for the coronavirus.

Robin Duran confirmed to En Segundos Panama that his father, 69, had tested positive for COVID-19.

“My dad’s exams have just arrived and confirm that he is positive for COVID-19,” En Segundos Panama quoted Robin Duran in a tweet. “Thank God. For now he is not with symptoms beyond a cold. We will be passing more information throughout the days.”

Roberto Duran was known as “Hands of Stone” during his boxing career. The native of Panama turned pro as a 16-year-old bantamweight in 1968, defeating Carlos Mendoza in a four-round match.

Duran defeated Ken Buchanan in 1971 to win the lightweight title. Duran made 12 successful title defenses over a seven-year stretch.

Duran moved up to the welterweight division and defeated Sugar Ray Leonard for the WBC title by unanimous decision in a much-ballyhooed match called the “Brawl in Montreal” on June 20, 1980. The rematch was held Nov. 25, 1980, at the Louisiana Superdome and has been called the “No Mas” bout.

In the closing seconds of the eighth round, Duran turned his back on Leonard and walked back to his corner, reportedly saying “No mas.” Leonard won the match and regained the welterweight title by a technical knockout.

Duran rebounded and went on to win the junior middleweight and middleweight titles during his five-decade career. His career ended in 2002 after a car accident.

Duran finished with a 103-16 record and 70 knockouts.

The iconic figure went on to win junior middleweight and middleweight titles during a career that spanned five decades. Panama’s finest finally retired in 2002 after a car accident, doing so with a record of 103 victories (70 by knockout) and 16 losses. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 2002, Duran was voted by The RIng magazine as the fifth greatest fighter of the past 80 years. Boxing historian Burt Sugar rated Duran as the eighth greatest fighter of all time,

Duran was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 and was enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.