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Roberto Durán


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Roberto Durán
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Durán in 1994, before his fight with Vinny Paz
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Real nameRoberto Durán Samaniego
Nickname(s)
  • Manos de Piedra
    ("Hands of Stone")
  • El Cholo
  • Rocky
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
NationalityPanamanian
Born(1951-06-16) June 16, 1951 (age 66)
El Chorrillo, Panama
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights119
Wins103
Wins by KO70
Losses16

Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer who competed from 1968 to 2001. 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 is a four-weight world champion, having held titles at lightweight (1972–1979), welterweight (1980), light middleweight (1983–1984), and middleweight (1989), as well as reigns 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.

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 a 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

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

Lightweight

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 knockdown 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 and no way near a low blow. 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 knockout) 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

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"

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. Halfway into the eighth round, Duran suddenly stopped fighting, supposedly saying, "No más" ("no more").[13][14] Duran disputes this, stating what he actually said was, "No Sigo" ("I won't go on").[15]

Middleweight

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, during the fight Duran broke his hand and 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

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

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

Film

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

Durán played the drug lord Jesus Maroto in Miami Vice season two, episode 19.

In "Corporate Warriors", 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 bone grafts put in his hands to boost his punching power.

Music

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.

Durán is referenced multiple times in the song "Uno Mas" by Alex Soria's band Chino.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
119 fights103 wins16 losses
By knockout714
By decision3212
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
119Loss103–16Puerto Rico Héctor CamachoUD12Jul 14, 2001United States Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S.Lost NBA super middleweight title
118Win103–15United States Patrick GoossenUD10Aug 12, 2000United States Yakama Legends Casino, Toppenish, Washington, U.S.
117Win102–15United States Pat LawlorUD12Jun 16, 2000Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Juan Díaz, PanamaWon NBA super middleweight title
116Loss101–15Argentina Omar GonzalezUD10Mar 6, 1999Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
115Loss101–14United States William JoppyTKO3 (12), 2:54Aug 28, 1998United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.For WBA middleweight title
114Win101–13Colombia Felix Jose HernandezUD10Jan 31, 1998Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
113Win100–13United Kingdom David RadfordUD8Nov 15, 1997South Africa Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa
112Win99–13Argentina Jorge CastroUD10Jun 14, 1997Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
111Loss98–13Argentina Jorge CastroUD10Feb 15, 1997Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina
110Win98–12Republic of Ireland Mike CulbertTKO6 (10), 2:24Sep 27, 1996United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia, U.S.
109Win97–12Mexico Ariel CruzKO1 (10)Aug 31, 1996Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
108Loss96–12Puerto Rico Héctor CamachoUD12Jun 22, 1996United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For vacant IBC middleweight title
107Win96–11United States Ray DomengeUD10Feb 20, 1996United States Mahi Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
106Win95–11United States Wilbur GarstTKO4 (10), 2:14Dec 21, 1995United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
105Win94–11United States Roni MartinezTKO7 (10), 2:59Jun 10, 1995United States Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
104Loss93–11United States Vinny PazienzaUD12Jan 14, 1995United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For IBC super middleweight title
103Win93–10United States Heath ToddTKO6 (10), 3:00Oct 18, 1994United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
102Loss92–10United States Vinny PazienzaUD12Jun 25, 1994United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For vacant IBC super middleweight title
101Win92–9United States Terry ThomasTKO4 (10), 1:02Mar 29, 1994United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
100Win91–9United States Carlos MonteroUD10Feb 22, 1994France Marseille, France
99Win90–9United States Tony MenefeeTKO8 (10)Dec 14, 1993United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
98Win89–9United States Sean FitzgeraldKO6 (10), 1:43Aug 17, 1993United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
97Win88–9Canada Jacques LeBlancUD10Jun 29, 1993United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
96Win87–9United States Ken HulseyKO2 (10), 2:45Dec 17, 1992United States CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
95Win86–9United States Tony BiglenUD10Sep 30, 1992United States Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
94Loss85–9United States Pat LawlorTKO6 (10), 1:50Mar 18, 1991United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
93Loss85–8United States Sugar Ray LeonardUD12Dec 7, 1989United States The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBC super middleweight title
92Win85–7United States Iran BarkleySD12Feb 24, 1989United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Won WBC middleweight title
91Win84–7United States Jeff LanasSD10Oct 1, 1988United States International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
90Win83–7United States Paul ThornRTD6 (10), 3:00Apr 14, 1988United States Tropicana, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
89Win82–7United States Ricky StackhouseUD10Feb 5, 1988United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
88Win81–7Paraguay Juan Carlos Giménez FerreyraUD10Sep 12, 1987United States James L. Knight Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
87Win80–7Puerto Rico Victor ClaudioUD10May 16, 1987United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
86Loss79–7United States Robbie SimsSD10Jun 23, 1986United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
85Win79–6Dominican Republic Jorge SueroKO2 (10), 1:45Apr 18, 1986Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
84Win78–6Colombia Manuel ZambranoKO2 (10), 2:57Jan 31, 1986Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
83Loss77–6United States Thomas HearnsKO2 (12)Jun 15, 1984United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBC super welterweight title
82Loss77–5United States Marvin HaglerUD15Nov 10, 1983United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
81Win77–4United States Davey MooreTKO8 (15), 2:02Jun 16, 1983United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.For WBA super welterweight title
80Win76–4Mexico José CuevasTKO4 (12), 2:26Jan 29, 1983United States Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
79Win75–4United Kingdom Jimmy BattenUD10Nov 12, 1982United States Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida, U.S.
78Loss74–4United Kingdom Kirkland LaingSD10Sep 4, 1982United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
77Loss74–3Puerto Rico Wilfred BenítezUD15Jan 30, 1982United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For WBC super welterweight title
76Win74–2Italy Luigi MinchilloUD10Sep 26, 1981United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
75Win73–2United States Nino GonzalezUD10Aug 9, 1981United States Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
74Loss72–2United States Sugar Ray LeonardTKO8 (15), 2:44Nov 25, 1980United States Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
73Win72–1United States Sugar Ray LeonardUD15Jun 20, 1980Canada Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWon WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
72Win71–1Ecuador Wellington WheatleyTKO6 (10)Feb 24, 1980United States Tropicana Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
71Win70–1Norway Joseph NsubugaRTD4 (10), 3:00Jan 13, 1980United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
70Win69–1United States Zeferino GonzalezUD10Sep 28, 1979United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
69Win68–1Mexico Carlos PalominoUD10Jun 22, 1979United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
68Win67–1United States Jimmy HeairUD10Apr 8, 1979United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
67Win66–1United States Monroe BrooksKO8 (12), 1:59Dec 8, 1978United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
66Win65–1Costa Rica Ezequiel ObandoKO2 (10), 1:09Sep 1, 1978Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
65Win64–1Puerto Rico Adolfo ViruetUD10Apr 27, 1978United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
64Win63–1Puerto Rico Esteban de JesúsTKO12 (15), 2:32Jan 21, 1978United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles;
Won WBC lightweight title
63Win62–1Puerto Rico Edwin ViruetUD15Sep 17, 1977United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
62Win61–1Dominican Republic Bernardo DiazKO1 (10), 1:29Aug 6, 1977Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
61Win60–1United States Javier MunizUD10May 16, 1977United States Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, U.S.
60Win59–1Dominican Republic Vilomar FernandezKO13 (15), 2:10Jan 29, 1977United States Fontainbleau, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
59Win58–1Costa Rica Alvaro RojasKO1 (15), 2:17Oct 15, 1976United States Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
58Win57–1Colombia Emiliano VillaTKO7 (10), 2:00Jul 31, 1976Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
57Win56–1Italy Lou BizzarroKO14 (15), 2:15May 23, 1976United States County Field House, Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.Retained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
56Win55–1United States Saoul MambyUD10May 4, 1976United States Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
55Win54–1Mexico Leoncio OrtizKO15 (15), 2:39Dec 20, 1975Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto RicoRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
54Win53–1Puerto Rico Edwin ViruetUD10Sep 30, 1975United States Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Hempstead, New York, U.S.
53Win52–1Venezuela Alirio AcunaKO3 (10)Sep 13, 1975Panama Gimnasio Jose D. Crespo, Chitré, Panama
52Win51–1Nicaragua Pepe El ToroKO1 (10), 2:00Aug 2, 1975Nicaragua Roberto Clemente Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua
51Win50–1Puerto Rico Jose PetersonTKO1 (10), 1:02Jun 3, 1975United States Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
50Win49–1United States Ray LampkinKO14 (15), 0:39Mar 2, 1975Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, PanamaRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
49Win48–1Colombia Andres SalgadoKO1 (10), 1:00Feb 15, 1975Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
48Win47–1Japan Masataka TakayamaKO1 (15), 1:40Dec 21, 1974Costa Rica Plaza de Toros El Zapote, San José, Costa RicaRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
47Win46–1Colombia Adalberto VanegasKO1 (10)Nov 16, 1974Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
46Win45–1Colombia Jose VasquezKO2 (10)Oct 31, 1974Costa Rica Gimnasio Eddie Cortez, San José, Costa Rica
45Win44–1Puerto Rico Hector MattaUD10Sep 2, 1974Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
44Win43–1Philippines Flash GallegoTKO7 (10), 2:35Jul 6, 1974Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
43Win42–1Puerto Rico Esteban de JesúsKO11 (15), 1:11Mar 16, 1974Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, PanamaRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
42Win41–1Venezuela Armando MendozaTKO3 (10), 1:50Feb 16, 1974Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
41Win40–1France Leonard TavarezTKO4 (10)Jan 21, 1974France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
40Win39–1Puerto Rico Tony GarciaKO3 (10)Dec 1, 1973Panama Gimnasio Escuela Normal, Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
39Win38–1Japan Guts IshimatsuTKO10 (15), 2:10Sep 8, 1973Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, PanamaRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
38Win37–1United States Doc McClendonUD10Aug 4, 1973Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
37Win36–1Australia Hector ThompsonTKO8 (15), 2:15Jun 2, 1973Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, PanamaRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
36Win35–1Mexico Gerardo FerratTKO2 (10), 2:45Apr 14, 1973Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
35Win34–1Mexico Javier AyalaUD10Mar 17, 1973United States Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
34Win33–1Mexico Juan MedinaTKO7 (10), 1:22Feb 22, 1973United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
33Win32–1United States Jimmy RobertsonKO5 (15)Jan 20, 1973Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, PanamaRetained WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
32Loss31–1Puerto Rico Esteban de JesúsUD10Nov 17, 1972United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
31Win31–0Mexico Lupe RamirezKO1 (10), 3:03Oct 28, 1972Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
30Win30–0United States Greg PotterKO1 (10), 1:58Sep 2, 1972Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
29Win29–0United Kingdom Ken BuchananTKO13 (15)Jun 26, 1972United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.Won WBA, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
28Win28–0Mexico Francisco MunozTKO1 (10), 2:34Mar 10, 1972Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
27Win27–0Cuba Angel Robinson GarciaUD10Jan 15, 1972Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
26Win26–0Japan Hiroshi KobayashiKO7 (10), 0:30Oct 16, 1971Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
25Win25–0Puerto Rico Benny HuertasTKO1 (10), 1:06Sep 13, 1971United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
24Win24–0Mexico Fermin SotoTKO3 (10)Jul 18, 1971Mexico Monterrey, Mexico
23Win23–0United States Lloyd MarshallTKO6 (10), 1:37May 29, 1971Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
22Win22–0Venezuela Jose AcostaKO1 (10), 1:55Mar 21, 1971Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
21Win21–0Mexico Jose Angel HerreraKO6 (10)Jan 10, 1971Mexico Toreo, Monterrey, Mexico
20Win20–0Mexico Ignacio CastanedaTKO3 (10)Oct 18, 1970Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panamá, Panama City, Panama
19Win19–0Costa Rica Marvin CastanedaKO1 (10), 1:30Sep 5, 1970Panama Gimnasio Municipal, Puerto Armuelles, Panama
18Win18–0Mexico Clemente MucinoKO6 (10), 2:18Jul 18, 1970Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama
17Win17–0Panama Ernesto MarcelTKO10 (10)May 16, 1970Panama Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama
16Win16–0Mexico Felipe TorresUD10Mar 28, 1970Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
15Win15–0Panama Luis PatinoKO8 (10)Nov 23, 1969Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
14Win14–0Panama Serafin GarciaTKO5 (8)Sep 21, 1969Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
13Win13–0Panama Adolfo OssesTKO7 (8)Jun 22, 1969Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
12Win12–0Panama Jacinto GarciaTKO4 (8)May 18, 1969Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
11Win11–0Panama Eduardo FrutosUD6Feb 1, 1969Panama Estadio Nacional, Panama City, Panama
10Win10–0Panama Alberto BrandTKO4 (6), 2:50Jan 19, 1969Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
9Win9–0Panama Carlos HowardTKO1 (6)Dec 7, 1968Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
8Win8–0Panama Juan GondolaKO2 (6)Nov 16, 1968Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama
7Win7–0Panama Cesar De LeonKO1 (6), 1:20Sep 22, 1968Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
6Win6–0Panama Leroy CarghillKO1 (6)Aug 25, 1968Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
5Win5–0Panama Enrique JacoboKO1 (6)Aug 10, 1968Panama Panama City, Panama
4Win4–0Panama Eduardo MoralesKO1 (4), 3:00Jun 30, 1968Panama Gimnasio Neco de la Guardia, Panama City, Panama
3Win3–0Panama Manuel JimenezKO1 (4)Jun 15, 1968Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, Panama
2Win2–0Panama Juan GondolaKO1 (4)May 14, 1968Panama Colón, Panama
1Win1–0Panama Carlos MendozaUD4Feb 23, 1968Panama Arena de Colón, Colón, PanamaProfessional debut

See also

References

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Sporting positions
World boxing 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
Awards
Previous:
Bobby Chacon
The Ring Comeback of the Year
1983
Next:
Marvin Johnson
Previous:
Tony Lopez vs. Rocky Lockridge
The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. Iran Barkley

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