Latin Legends: A Look Back at the Night Roberto Durán Won His Fourth World Title

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His last good time in the ring took place over 25 years ago, February 24, 1989, in winter-strewn Atlantic City, whose glitzy neon lights had been dimmed by a snowstorm that nearly shut the Boardwalk down. Two decades after his pro debut, Roberto Durán, “Manos de Piedra,” some gray in his beard, was trying to win his fourth world title. Only Iran Barkley, a sullen brawler with a blunt nickname, “The Blade,” stood in his way. For years, Durán had been a national hero in Panama (and the epitome of machismo), but after muttering “No mas” against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980, he became a national shame. Indeed, Durán, who had won his first title as a lightweight in 1972, returned to Panama a couple of weeks after losing to Leonard to find that his house had been stoned. Read “Latin Legends: A Look Back at the Night Roberto Durán Won His Fourth World Title” on Remezcla.

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