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February 2018

POW! Gym Owner’s Favorite Boxing Match:

Sugar Ray Leonard verse Roberto Duran

I was folding laundry in the living with my mom watching Sugar Ray Leonard verse Roberto Duran. I was around 10 years old. The Duran – Leonard fights rank as one of the best match ups in boxing history. I had been watching boxing since I was about 5 years old. It started going to Mayor Daley’s boxing gym down at Navy Pier when I was 5 years old. I would watch my dad, a Golden Gloves boxer. I would watch my dad do well and get hurt. Never cried about it. But I cried when Sugar Ray Leonard lost this fight. I doubt you have time to watch the whole thing. I posted the entire match. But one day you might.
Leonard showed up

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to fight Duran’s fight, and it really was just the wrong decision. Duran knew how to cut off the ring, which left Leonard trapped. Leonard decided not to follow the advise of his trainer Angelo Dundee, and use his lateral movement to keep him off the ropes and Duran on the chase. Leonard thought that would make him look weak.
Leonard may have entered the ring with speed and poise, but Duran brought along a slugger, power pounding style along with hand speed led to Duran’s win. Duran won unanimously.

Here is the original Sports Illustrated Story form 1980.