Boxing legend Roberto Duran has been hospitalized soon after screening positive for Covid-19 in his indigenous Panama, the former four-body weight planet champion’s son announced on Instagram.
Robin Duran wrote on Thursday that his 69-calendar year-aged father had been given positive checks for coronavirus despite acquiring demonstrated “no signs outside of a very simple cold”, but that there ended up “no indications of seriousness”.
“My dad’s checks have just arrived and it is our obligation as a household to converse the right info to them,” the more youthful Duran wrote. “For now, there are no signs outside of a very simple chilly. He is not in intense care or on a ventilator, he is still less than observation.
“We just talked to the doctor and he tells us that the lungs are fantastic and there is no sign of seriousness. Let’s keep on to have faith that every thing will convert out very well. I will maintain you informed.”
Nicknamed ‘Manos de Piedra’ (Arms of Stone) during his occupation, Duran is a hero in Panama, and is extensively reckoned to be the most effective fighter ever to hail from the Central American country with a loaded boxing historical past.
Duran is also deemed possibly the best light-weight of all-time, acquiring reigned supreme in the division as its undefeated champion in the course of the 1970s as WBA and afterwards WBC titleholder, battling himself out of level of competition ahead of moving up in body weight.
In 1980 he stepped up to welterweight to problem fellow all-time great ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard for his WBC title, handing the American superstar his initial ever reduction in Montreal in a single of the most well-known fights in historical past, the fortieth anniversary of which Duran celebrated on June twenty.
A rematch in between the two afterwards that calendar year became a single of boxing’s most enigmatic situations, as Duran uttered the well-known words ‘no mas’, turned his again, and refused to fight Leonard in the eighth round.
That plunged Duran into a period of time of unfavorability and uncertainty about his occupation, but the veteran bounced again to acquire a further more two planet titles at mild middleweight and middleweight, as very well as fighting ring greats Wilfred Benitez, Tomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler.
A hefty tax bill enforced a prolonged ring occupation into his fiftieth calendar year, the very last fight of his 119-fight occupation coming in a break up conclusion reduction to Hector Camacho in 2001 ahead of he at last hung up his gloves.