Former world boxing champion Roberto 'Hands of Stone' Duran recovers from coronavirus

Roberto Duran fought over five decades, held four different world titles, and his record stands at 103 wins, with 70 knockouts and 16 losses.

Reuters July 03, 2020 10:51:14 IST
Former world boxing champion Roberto 'Hands of Stone' Duran recovers from coronavirus

Former world boxing champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran was wheeled out of a hospital amid applause from medical staff after recovering from the coronavirus, a social media post from the pugilist showed on Thursday.

“It was a World Championship fight, which I was able to win in a team, with the support, care and dedication of a medical crew,” Duran wrote on Instagram alongside a video in which hospital workers in scrubs and face masks waved Panamanian flags as he flashed a thumbs-up.

“I may be an ex-world champion, but you all are the true CHAMPIONS OF LIFE,” he wrote in the post.

The 69-year-old Panamanian former boxer retired in 2001 and is considered one of the best lightweights in history. He fought over five decades, held four different world titles, and his record stands at 103 wins, with 70 knockouts and 16 losses.

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Buenas tardes mi gente! Hoy, con el favor de Dios, regresé a casa después de batallar contra el virus COVID-19. Fue una pelea de Campeonato Mundial, que pude ganar en equipo, con el apoyo, cariño y dedicación de un cuerpo médico, que no solamente cuidó de mi persona, sino de todos los pacientes, que cómo yo, peleábamos en el hospital contra este virus, que no conoce de leyendas, títulos mundiales, estatus social, raza, religión, etc... A todas esas personas que siguen en la pelea, les mando mucha fuerza y mis oraciones, a sus familiares para que no pierdan sus esperanzas y sepan que Dios tiene el control. A todos mis fanáticos alrededor del Mundo, les doy las gracias por orar por mi y por todos sus mensajes de aliento. No me cansaré de darles las gracias a todos los doctores, enfermeros/as, que día a día dan lo mejor de si, sin importar el riesgo que toman. Yo seré un ex Campeón Mundial, pero ustedes son los verdaderos CAMPEONES DE LA VIDA. Se les quiere, por favor #quédateencasa, sigue la #cuarentena y bajo ninguna circunstancia dejes entrar a nadie a tú casa. Manos de Piedra.

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Known for his aggressive punching power, Duran, who grew up in Panama City’s impoverished El Chorrillo district and won his first title in 1972, is today regarded as a national hero.

His son Robin Duran said last week that his father had tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, but at the time only had symptoms of a cold and was not in intensive care.

Panama has recorded 35,237 known coronavirus infections and 667 COVID-19 deaths.

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