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Roberto Duran: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories

Updated on June 17, 2014

Hands of Stone

Roberto Duran won titles in the Lightweight, Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions. He is widely considered the best lightweight in boxing history and one of the top boxers in history period. Hands of Stone retired with a record of 103-16 with 70 knockouts.

Panama's Legendary Boxer

Roberto Duran brutally pounded on Davey Moore for 8 rounds before finishing the job and winning the jr. middleweight crown.
Roberto Duran brutally pounded on Davey Moore for 8 rounds before finishing the job and winning the jr. middleweight crown. | Source
Roberto Duran is seen here gaining revenge and defending his title by knocking out Esteban De Jesus in their second fight.
Roberto Duran is seen here gaining revenge and defending his title by knocking out Esteban De Jesus in their second fight. | Source
Roberto Duran could not put Carlos Palomino on the canvas but he did give him a boxing lesson.
Roberto Duran could not put Carlos Palomino on the canvas but he did give him a boxing lesson. | Source

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Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard (First Bout)

Roberto Duran moved up from lightweight to welterweight to win the championship from the then undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard.
Roberto Duran moved up from lightweight to welterweight to win the championship from the then undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard. | Source

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Roberto Duran vs. Ken Buchanon

Roberto Duran scored a late rounds knockout  of Ken Buchanon to win the lightweight championship of the world.
Roberto Duran scored a late rounds knockout of Ken Buchanon to win the lightweight championship of the world. | Source

Roberto Duran's Top Wins

1. Roberto Duran W15 Sugar Ray Leonard (1980) Undefeated welterweight champion was defended his title against lightweight champion Roberto Duran who was rising in weight. Leonard was a slight favorite and the fight was even throughout. Leonard abandoned his boxing skills and stood toe to toe with Duran for much of the match. Leonard landed jabs and hard left hooks to the head while Duran landed hooks and right hands to the head,body, arms and groin. After 7 rounds the fight was virtually even. The 8th had great two way action with both men landing solid hooks.,in the 9th and 10th rounds Duran pinned Leonard on the ropes and pounded his body to clinch the rounds. The final five heats were give and take with the non stop aggression of Duran giving him a slight edge. Ray Leonard entered the contest with a record of 27-0.

2. Roberto Duran K.O. 11 Esteban De Jesus (1974) Duran lost has undefeated record to De Jesus in a non title fight but now it was time to defend the lightweight title against him and try and gain revenge also. In the first round Duran was knocked down hard by a left hook but he got up at 2 and they fought on. In the third they beat each other up fiercely. In the 7th round Duran landed two left hooks to the head and then exploded with a left hook to the body and a right to De Jesus's temple to floor his rival. The 8th and 9th rounds were particularly brutal because Duran began landing crushing body blows that seem to stifle any offense from Esteban. In the 11th De Jesus threw a lazy jab and Duran countered over the top with a whistling right hand that stunned De Jesus and Duran landed a double left hook to the body followed by a huge right to the temple to end matters. Esteban De Jesus came into the bout with a record of 42-1.

3. Roberto Duran T.K.O 13 Ken Buchanan (1972) Lightweight champion Buchanan was a favorite in this bout but Duran was not to be deterred. Duran knocked Buchanan to the canvas in the first with a hard right hand. The next four rounds were close as Duran landed huge body shots and Ken used his footwork and jab to score. In the sixth and seventh Buchanan began to wilt and Duran started landing at will with both fists. The 8th was a slower round but the 9th and 10th finished Buchanan for all intents and purposes as The Hands of Stone crushed Buchanan's ribs and face. Duran was dirty in this fight and landed low blows and elbows several times but he also landed accurate shots throughout. In the 13th round both boxers traded shots at the bell with Duran landing a hook and a low blow to the groin. Buchanan quit and Duran was the new lightweight world champion. Kenny Buchanan came into the prizefight sporting a record of 43-1.

4. Roberto Duran W12 Iran Barkley (1989) The Blade was a 2 to 1 favorite to defend his middleweight title against the aging Duran. The cagey Duran landed jabs and sneaky right hands all night but Barkley held his own landing thudding shots of his own. The first four rounds were give and take as Duran landed more but was often shaken by Barkley's lunging right hands. In the fifth and sixth rounds Barkley landed good shots to the head and body as Duran seemed to slow. The seventh round was close until Duran wobbled Barkley and then proceeded to beat on him for the remainder of the round and the eighth as well. Barkley never folded and even stunned Duran in the 9th but in the eleventh during a tremendous exchange Duran put The Blade on his butt with a crisp right hand to cap off a great round. The 10th was close as both men landed heavy hooks in the last minute but the knockdown was the difference and Duran was the new middleweight champion. Iran Barkley came into the bout with a record of 25-4.

5. Roberto Duran T.K.O. 8 Davey Moore(1983) Duran rushed out attacking violently in the first and landed several hard shots including a thumb in the eye that led to Moore's eye swelling shut quickly over the next four rounds. Duran beat Moore with one of the roughest body attacks ever witnessed in the first four rounds of this bout. Moore landed a few shots in the fourth but otherwise he was dominated the entire match. In the fifth round the eye was completely shut and his bottom lip and mouth were bleeding profusely from Duran's savage beatdown. The sixth was all Duran as he landed left hooks to the head and body and the uppercut started really hitting Moore sqaurely now. In the 7th round Duran cranked out a humongous right cross that put Moore down on the seat of his shorts. He rose and the bell saved him. In the eighth round Moore showed heart because Duran landed every hot in the book before the massacre was finally stopped, Duran was the new jr. middleweight champion and Moore'scareer was ruined. Davey Moore came into the bout with a record of 12-0.

6. Roberto Duran T.K.O. 4 Pipino Cuevas (1983) Hands of Stone was at his savage best for this bout. Duran peppered Cuevas with stiff, accurate jabs for two rounds and he also ripped big hooks to the body during this time. In the third stanza Duran began using lead right hands and uppercuts to really put a beating on Cuevas. In the fourth round Cuevas fired off a jab and right hand but Duran just walked through it and sneered. Duran landed a huge right to floor Cuevas. He arose but then Duran landed a lead right followed by a jab and smashing right hand that put Cuevas down for the count. Duran who was thought to be finished before this fight proved everybody wrong once again. Pipino Cuevas entered the squared circle with a record of 29-8.

7. Roberto Duran T.K.O. 12 Esteban De Jesus (1978) Duran and are Jesus met for the third and final time in 1978 and it was Duran's final defense of his lightweight chaionshIp. The fight like the other two was close. In the fifth Duran had a swollen eye from De Jesus's constant jabs and hooks. De Jesus had a constant flow of blood from his mouth from the sixth round on from Duran's pressure. In the 12th round De Jesus was throwing a combination and ran into counter right hand from Duran that put him hard. When Esteban got off the canvas Duran swarmed him with shots until the fight was stopped. Duran won the series by winning two out of the three bouts. Esteban De Jesus came into the fight with a record of 52-3.

8. Roberto Duran W10 Carlos Palomino (1979) Duran moved up to welterweight from lightweight for this bout. Duran won most of the first five rounds but they were all compertitve. Palomino landed some good jabs and nice hooks early but Duran was not gonna be denied. In the sixth stanza Duran landed a dangerous one-two that deposited Palomino on the floor. He got up but Duran cut his eye and swoll his face up by rounds end. Roberto took over and worked Palomino over the rest of the way. Duran not only used hard, accurate punching but he used head and shoulder movement and a slick defense to pull ahead. Carlos Palomino entered this welterweight matchup with a record of 27-2-3.

9. Roberto Duran K.O. 14 Ray Lampkin (1975) The first round was a feel empit opener but in round two Lampkin beat Duran to the body and landed some long accurate jabs to win the round. The third and fourth rounds were close but Duran had a decided edge because of his power. In the fifth and sixth rounds Lampkin landed a few big right hands but Duran walked through them. By the 9th round Lampkin had a swollen left eye courtesy of Duran's lead right hands. The 10th was Lampkin's last stand as he opened up with a few flurries mid round even as he was nailed himself. Duran started and finished the 11th round bruising the ribs of courageous Ray Lampkin. The 12th and 13th rounds were extremely painful ones for Lampkin as he absorbed a steady beating. To start the 14th round Lampkin layed his back on the ropes and Duran launched a huge left hook that crumpled Lampkin to the canvas and he was counted out. Ray Lampkin entered the matchup with a record of 29-3-1.

10. Roberto Duran K.O. 14 Lou Bizzarro (1976) Duran just defended the lightweight title 18 days earlier and he was still peeking for this bout. Duran had to chase down the fleet footed Bizzarro who stayed on his bicycle. In the 9th round after losing the first eight rounds Bizzarro landed three clean left hooks that momentarily dazed Duran and earned Lou he stanza. The tenth was all Duran as he landed a swarm of body blows and then Mid round he landed a Lead right followed by a left and a booming right to put Bizzarro down for the first time in his career. Bizzarro outright ran in the 11th and 12th after fielding rehabilitating body blows and in the 13th round Duran landed several uppercuts and hooks to shake Bizzarro at the bell. In the 14th Duran opened up landed four shots and forcing a standing 8 count. When action resumed Duran landed a jab and a hard left hook to put Bizzarro on his knees. He got up on unsteady legs and Duran missed with a left hook but landed a knockout right hand that put Bizzarro down and out with one second to go in the 14th. Bizzarro entered the contest with an undefeated record of 22-0.

Roberto Duran vs. Pipino Cuevas

Roberto Duran beat Pipino Cuevas from pillar to post before knocking him out in the fourth.
Roberto Duran beat Pipino Cuevas from pillar to post before knocking him out in the fourth. | Source

Roberto Duran's Championship Wins

Lightweight
Welterweight
Jr.,Middleweight
Middleweight
Ken Buchanon
Sugar Ray Leonard
Davey Moore
Iran Barkley
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The four fights where Roberto Duran won his four championship belts.

Roberto Duran vs. Iran Barkley

Roberto Duran took some big shots but still out worked and floored The Blade on his way to a decision victory and the WBC Middleweight Title.
Roberto Duran took some big shots but still out worked and floored The Blade on his way to a decision victory and the WBC Middleweight Title. | Source

Where He Ranks

The Ring Magazine, ESPN and Sports Illustrated all rank Roberto Duran as the best lightweight champion in boxing history.

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