ALL-TIME great Roberto Duran ended a UK speaking tour as a guest of honour at former British/Commonwealth/European super-middleweight champion Henry Wharton’s York gym. The living legend, accompanied and translated by his son, Robin, spent around an hour talking about his long and largely glorious career.
Duran, who informed the gathering of around 200 fans that he turned pro in 1968 at the age of just 13, having lied about his age, made other revelations, too. Duran said his payday for his pro debut was a mere £3 dollars, but that he believed from a young age that he was destined to be a world champion.
“The main thing for a fighter is to fight for a world championship, it’s the biggest goal in life,” Duran, sat in mid-ring with his son, said.