ROBERTO DURAN SEES THE LIGHT & LOSES WEIGHT!

February 22nd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez

“HANDS OF STONE” NO LONGER HAS BELLY OF JELLY

Duran Beating Ray Leonard

Duran Beating Ray Leonard

After the death of Nicaraguan boxing legend and politician Alexis Arguello last year, the powers that be in Panama went to their living icon Roberto Duran, himself a four division champion and told him that he needed to lose weight.

DURAN WAS BOASTING ABOUT HIS SHRINKAGE

According to Duran in a recent telephone conversation with ex-manager Hector Martinez, Roberto took off close to 75 lbs. and is weighing around 175. This came after politicos and then an MD told Duran unless he dropped some weight, he was a prime candidate for a heart attack. I remember Duran taking off 50 lbs., this before losing to Tommy Hearns. Had he handled his weight better, Duran certainly wouldn’t have lost to lesser guys like Pat Lawlor, Robbie Simms, or Kirkland Laing. Having been in camp with Duran for the Sims fight in 1986, Roberto had no respect and trained “gingerly” for middleweight champ Marvin Hagler’s not-so good stepbrother Robbie Sims, who outworked him over ten fistic frames.

PUERTO RICO SHOULD PUT WILFREDO GOMEZ ON A DIET!


Another great fighter, the best to ever fight at 122 lbs., Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico, at around 5’5 and 240, he too needs to spend some time with a weight loss guru. When I saw him at the WBC Convention a few years ago, I had no idea it was Wilfredo, as he looked taller laying down than standing upright. Duran told Martinez that the weight starting coming off once he got his food intake in order. In addition to the diet, Duran is said to be jogging (like the aforementioned Alexis Arquello, Duran never ran fast except in sprints) again.

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. its hard for ex fighters to look as good as you pedro, after all the miles of running rounds of boxing a lil belly doesnt hurt…

    joeyg on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:29 AM
  2. I took the weight off, it ain’t easy but it isn’t as hard as you think. Just have somebody in boxing bounce a $5k check on you and you’ll lose weight. I did!

    Pedro Fernandez on February 23rd, 2011 at 1:49 AM
  3. Great news, may The Great Duran live forever.

    Silencioooh on February 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 AM
  4. Also a matter of metabolism. I’ve gained five pounds in the last 40 years with only intermittent “training,” while my wife, poor dear. . .

    Antonino on February 23rd, 2011 at 10:18 AM
  5. the best roberto duran beat the best sugar ray leonard in the first fight, no excuses, the best duran would always beat the best leonard, duran lost to leonard, hearns and hagler because of having to lose so much weight each time but that was his fault. when duran was in shape he beat everybody they put in front of him at lightweigt, beat palominos, cuevas, davey moore and iran barkley, you always see it in his body, too bad he didn’t stay in shape for those other guys, history would have been different but he still the best lightweight ever and that includes henry armstrong,benny leonard, whitaker, mayweather…

    mario on February 23rd, 2011 at 8:55 PM
  6. GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT ONCE PROMINENT FIGHTERS. I SAW ROBERTO DURAN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS WITH SUGAR RAY LEONARD & REMEMBER MY DISAPOINTMENT AT THE “NO MAS” FIGHT. AS ATHLETE’S, THESE GUYS SHOULD KNOW BETTER, STAYING IN SHAPE & MAINTAINING A GOOD WEIGHT HELPS PROLONG LIFE. THANK YOU PEDRO, FOR THIS INTERESTING UPDATE.

    DAVID FIGUEROA on February 23rd, 2011 at 10:12 PM
  7. Quote, “Wilfredo, as he looked taller laying down than standing upright.”
    Hahaha, for the first time Pedro made me laugh. Honestly. :-)

    tony on February 25th, 2011 at 4:12 AM
  8. Good for Duran, sure he feels better and looks better too.
    Agree with Mario as well, Duran the best lightweight ever, no exceptions.

    Tim on February 25th, 2011 at 11:53 AM
  9. I remember it was Duran that caught my interest in boxing, pure ferocity, always explosive. I like the way Ray Arcel would “toss” him to the center of the ring, after each one-minute break, much like owners do with roosters or pitbulls. Ray would always carry Duran off his stool and shove him in the center of the ring to slaughter his prey.

    tony on February 25th, 2011 at 1:09 PM
  10. Tony, you are a master of memory. Arcel launching Duran off the stool. The rooster thing, that I can see now knowing much more about Arcel than I care to admit.

    Pedro Fernandez on February 25th, 2011 at 10:15 PM
  11. Hi Pedro, Maybe you should mention the fact that you were such a top amateur fighter (four time Nor. Ca. Golden Gloves Champ) that you even sparred with the great Duran. The toughest writer in boxing.

    Jon Schorle on February 27th, 2011 at 8:04 PM
  12. come back and fight

    cole on August 18th, 2011 at 10:41 AM

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