Roberto Durán

Full name
Roberto Duran Samaniego

June 16, 1951

On February 23, 1968, in Panama, he defeated Carlos Mendoza by points

won the world title
On June 26, 1972, in New York, he technically knocked out Ken Buchanan in 13 rounds and became the WBA lightweight champion. He recovered that same title on June 2, 1973, by knocking out Héctor Thompson in eight rounds. In his tenth defense, on January 21, 1978, in Las Vegas, he unified with Esteban De Jesús, WBC lightweight champion, and defeated him by knockout in 12 rounds to become WBA and WBC lightweight champion. On June 20, 1980, in Montreal, Canada, he defeated American Ray Sugar Leonard by unanimous decision and snatched the World Boxing Council welterweight belt from him. In addition, on June 16, 1983, in New York, he became WBA super welterweight champion by beating Davey Moore by technical knockout in eight rounds. He won the World Boxing Council middle title on February 24, 1989, in Atlantic City, beating Iran Barkley by unanimous decision.y.

Lost His Title
In his first defense on January 20, 1973, in Panama, Jimmy Robertson knocked him out in five rounds. After ten successful defenses, the last one against Esteban De Jesús, on January 21, 1978, he relinquished the WBA and CMB lightweight belt. The WBC welterweight title was lost in his first defense, on November 25, 1980, in New Orleans, Ray Leonard defeated him by technical knockout in eight rounds. He relinquished the junior welterweight title to go down the middle, but was defeated by Marvin Hagler. He did not defend the WBC middle title, he resigned to go in search of the super middle and failed

On June 14, 2001, in Denver, Colorado, Héctor Macho Camacho defeated him by unanimous decision in 12 rounds, when they fought for the WBA middleweight title.A.

Roberto Durán

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