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Biofile: Roberto Duran Interview


By Scoop Malinowski

Status: Boxing Hall of Famer. Four-time world champion.

Ht: 5-7 Wt: 200

DOB: June 16, 1951 In: Guarare, Panama

Childhood Hero: “Muhammad Ali. ”

Childhood Dream: “Always wanted to be a fighter. ”

Favorite Movies: “John Wayne movies. Arnold Schwarzeneggar movies. Terror movies. King Kong. Halloween. Jerry Lewis and Charlie Chaplin movies – my favorite comedians. ”

First Job: “Painting – to help godfather in Panama City (age 10.)”

First Car: “1968 green VW. ”

Early Boxing Memory: “Watching (Ismael) Laguna fight. I was 13. I liked his style, he had a great left hand. ”

Hobbies/Interests: “Salsa music, play softball, jet ski, play pool. ”

Nicknames: “Manos de Piedra, Robert. ”

Pre-Fight Feeling: “Destruction. ”

Pre-Fight Meal: “Steak, fish, tomato juice. ”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Vanilla. ”

Favorite Fights: “Eusebio Pedroza-Orlando Omares, Holmes-Shavers II. ”

Greatest Sports Moment: “First world championship (d. Buchanan). When I won. And when I fought Ernest Marcel in Panama in Panama City (TKO 10).  He was a good fighter and it was a big win. That’s the fight that opened the door to the championship.”

Most Painful Moment: “When I lost the second time with Leonard.”

Funny Boxing Memory: “After I won the championship from Buchanan, I wanted to eat every kind of ice cream, every flavor, every color. And after that, I did champagne. And after that, I had diarrhea. I went to the bathroom a hundred times that night [laughter]. ”

Which Fights Were You At Your Best: “Two fights. Buchanan – I wanted to be world champ. Barkley – everyone thought I wasn’t no good, that I was already done. ”

Toughest Opponent: “Barkley, Hagler. ”

Favorite Boxers To Watch: “All of them. I love boxing and for me all of them are good. ”

Favorite Athletes To Watch Outside Boxing: “Pete Rose – for his love of the sport and his fury. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. ”

Hardest Punchers: “Hearns – who knocked me out. Barkley. ”

Funniest Boxer Encountered: “Greg Haugen – good humor. ”

Closest Boxing Friends: “Carlos Murillo, Ismael Laguna, Ernesto Marcel, Jorge Lujan, Victor Del Corral – Victor’s Cafe in New York.”

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