Issue | Letters | Premium | Jan 06 2020

Hands of Stone: 10 of the best Roberto Duran victories

Panama legend Roberto Duran was a world champion at lightweight, welterweight, super-welterweight and middleweight. Here are 10 of his finest nights.
roberto duran
Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports

1. Ray Leonard I

Leonard was undefeated in 27 pro fights the night Duran got his hands on him in June 1980 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. He was also unprepared for the tenacity and spite of the marauding Panamanian, who took a decision win, and Leonard’s WBC welterweight title, after 15 rounds.

2. Esteban de Jesus II