February 22nd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
“HANDS OF STONE” NO LONGER HAS BELLY OF JELLYAfter 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.