Boxing legend, Roberto Duran hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

Tanya Simon
June 29, 2020

Panamanian Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran, six-time boxing world champion, was hospitalized in non-life-threatening condition Thursday with the novel coronavirus, his children said on the same day that Panama hit a new record of daily cases.

Duran's son Robin said he was taken to hospital after experiencing cold-like symptoms and because "he has a lung that doesn't work 100 per cent due to an accident in Argentina a few years ago".

"We received the results of COVID-19 that were done to my dad and tested positive. Thank God that for now he has no symptoms other than those of a cold", Robin Duran wrote on Instagram. He is not in intensive care nor on a respirator, just under observation. "We have just spoken with the doctor who told us that his lungs are fine and there are no signs of a serious disease", caused his son said.

Duran had ballooned up in weight in the interim and was outclassed by Leonard and withdrew midway through the fight by famously saying "No Mas, ' meaning 'No more" in translation, though he denies those words ever coming out of his mouth.

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In their first fight in 1980 in Montreal, Duran beat Leonard to win the WBC welterweight title.

Duran began his boxing career in 1968 at age 16, and he kept fighting until he was 50 years old, when he lost a unanimous decision to Hector Camacho in 2001. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007 after a 33-year professional career that yielded a 103-16 record with 70 knockouts.

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