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Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran by Christian GiudiceRoberto Duran is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest boxer of all time, he held world titles at four different weights, is the only boxer in history to have fought in five different decades, and his bouts with fellow greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler have gone down in fistic folklore. He finally retired in January of 2002, at age fifty-two, with a professional record of 104 wins (69 by KO) in 120 fights. They called him Manos de Piedra: “Hands of Stone.”
Now journalist Christian Giudice has written the first—and definitive—story of Duran’s incredible life both in and out of the ring. He has interviewed the fighter, his family, closest friends, and scores of his opponents to separate truth from myth.
Duran was born in utter poverty in Panama and grew up in the streets, fighting to survive. His talent with his fists soon emerged, and he had his first professional fight in 1967. Duran grew into a fighter’s fighter. His hunger to destroy opponents and his willingness to take on anyone, anywhere, made him a huge favorite while his flamboyant lifestyle outside the ring made headline news.
Duran was one of the first Latino fighters to become a mainstream sports star in the United States, and his natural talent, unprecedented achievements, and longevity made an indelible mark on the world of sport.
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The year-old Panamanian, who was a renowned world champion at four different weights and boxed professionally in five separate decades, is in a jovial mood while reliving his years as the most menacing fighter on the planet. He thought people would support him as the golden boy. I was supposed to be the bad guy. But people were dazzled by me and the way I skipped rope. I also spoke to everyone. People liked me. Leonard was the opposite and the Canadians thought he was a stuck-up prick.
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ON his first trip to New York, in , a year-old Roberto Duran sat on the steps of Madison Square Garden at 7am and a rare smile played across the cruellest lips in boxing. Duran believed that all fights in the USA were staged at the legendary Manhattan arena and that, while nobody knew him then, "they soon would". That evening he made an impression on one Benny Huertas, whom Duran knocked cold in the first round of his Garden debut. Tonight, an incredible 26 years to the month after Duran brutalised Edinburgh's Ken Buchanan at the "mecca of boxing" to become lightweight champion of the world, the Garden was due to be a fitting setting for what surely must be the 23rd and final world title fight of Duran's year boxing career. Two weeks before his 48th birthday, the legendary "manos de Piedra" Hands of Stone was to have challenged William Joppy for the World Boxing Association middleweight title on the undercard to the Evander Holyfield v Henry Akinwande heavyweight title fight. Duran was given little chance of beating Joppy, 27, whose parents had not even met when Duran, then a year-old bantamweight, turned professional in March