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On This Day: Roberto Duran was flattened in frightening fashion by Thomas Hearns

In our ringside report, we wondered if the final curtain had fallen on the legendary Roberto Duran's career on June 15, 1984 after Thomas Hearns turned on the power
Roberto Duran
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THOMAS HEARNS became the “Hit Man” once again as he crushed Roberto Duran in the second of their scheduled 12-rounder to retain his WBC light-middleweight title in Las Vegas.

The stunningly impressive victory by Hearns sets up a big fight with Marvin Hagler, the middleweight champion. “He knows we’re coming,” Hearns said. “I can see him now, shaking like a leaf.”

The devastating hitting of Hearns as he floored Duran twice in round one and then dropped him face-first with a big right in round two showed he has not lost his punching power.