Update On The Health Of Boxing Hall Of Famer Roberto Duran
One of the top boxers of his era, Roberto Duran recently had a health scare. He is hoping to fight as hard as he did against all of his previous opponents.
On Thursday’s Top Rank fight night telecast, it was announced that Duran (103-16) was under observation at a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. His son Robin stated that the 69-year-old experienced cold-like symptoms and had a lung that wasn’t working 100% due to a previous injury he suffered.
“He (Roberto) is not in intensive care or on a ventilator, he is still under observation,” Duran’s son stated on Instagram, via Yahoo Sports. “We just talked to the doctor and he tells us that the lungs are fine and there is no indication of seriousness. Let’s continue to have faith that everything will turn out well.”
Robin went on to tell reporters earlier this week (via Boxing Scene) that Roberto most likely caught the virus when he was celebrating his birthday and was around a lot of people. Now, it appears Duran will be fine. Speaking with a Panamanian station, Robin stated Roberto is ready to get out of the hospital.
“My dad feels great, in fact he already wants to go home,” Robin stated. “He has almost no symptoms and no fever.”
Duan, 69, turned professional in 1968. He is most known for fighting in four different weight classes and winning gold in each: lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight. A lineal champion as well, Duran held that distinction in the middleweight, welterweight, and lightweight divisions. After retiring in 2001, Duran was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.
The diagnosis took place on June 26, the 48th anniversary of his first world title win against Ken Buchanan in 1972. Stay tuned as more formation should be revealed regarding Duran and his health.