Roberto Duran vs Carlos Palomino – Highlights (Duran DOMINATES A Game Palomino)

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June 22nd, 1979. The legendary Hands of Stone (Manos de Piedra) fights Carlos Palomino in his 5th Welterweight bout. This fight was in the undercard of the Larry Holmes vs Mike Weaver main event. Going into the fight, Duran was a 7-5 favorite with a record of 67(54)-1 while Palomino was 27(15)-2-3.

In June 1966, Carlos Palomino won the WBC World Welterweight Championship via TKO12 over John H. Stracey. From January 1977 to May 1978, he made 7 successful defenses of his WBC title notably against Dave “Boy” Green, Everaldo Costa Azevedo, Ryu Sorimachi & Armando Muniz (2x).

In January 1979, he suffered a major setback as he lost to legendary Puerto Rican defensive wizard “El Radar” Wilfredo Benitez via a close SD15; losing his WBC title.

In June 1972, Roberto Duran’s legendary reign as the Lightweight King of his era began when he won the WBA Lightweight Crown via TKO13 against “The Fighting Carpenter” Ken Buchanan. From September 1972 to January 1978, he made 12 successful defenses of his WBA title and fought a total of 22 non title bouts at Lightweight, Light Welterweight and also a couple of catchweight fights.

Notable successful title defenses during his reign as World Lightweight Champion; Jimmy Robertson, Hector Thompson, Guts Ishimatsu, Masataka Takayama, Ray Lampkin, Leoncio Ortiz, Lou Bizzarro, Alvaro Rojas, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Viruet, Esteban De Jesus (2x).

Notable non title wins; Emiliano Villa, Leonard Tavarez, Angel Robinson Garcia, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Ernesto Marcel, Saoul Mamby, Adolfo Viruet, Edwin Viruet.

Duran’s first and only loss before moving up to Welterweight was against his arch rival, the very underrated Esteban De Jesus in November 1977 in a non title catchweight bout. Duran was decked for the 1st time in his career, en route to losing a UD10. Duran would avenged the lost twice via knockouts n June 1974 and January 1978 respectively.

On April 27th, 1978 he made his Welterweight debut beating Adolfo Viruet (Edwin’s younger brother) via UD10. Duran won 3 more fights (notably over Monroe Brooks via KO8) before he is set to face the former WBC Champion, Carlos “King” Palomino.

Duran outworked the gutsy Palomino using effective feints, counter punches and brilliant infighting skills. While Palomino was game throughout the fight, but he had little answers to Duran’s superior skills. But despite losing almost every round, Palomino displayed tremendous determination and heart throughout the entire bout.

Nearly a year later, Duran achieved one of his greatest career wins; outpointing a prime Sugar Ray Leonard via SD15 to garner the WBC Wold Welterweight title.

The Hands of Stone would go on to become world champion in 4 weight divisions; winning the WBA World Super Welterweight title via TKO8 over Davey Moore in 1983 and the WBC World Middleweight title via SD12 over Iran Barkley 1989.

On the other hand, Palomino retired at 29 years old after this loss. However, he would make a comeback in 1997 (at 48 years old!) and went 4-1 before a permanent retirement a year later.

His final record is 31(19)-4-3. During his career, he had notable victories over Hedgemon Lewis, Rene Arredondo, John H. Stracey, Dave “Boy” Green, Everaldo Costa Azevedo, Ryu Sorimachi & Armando Muniz (2x).

Please enjoy this highlight of one of the greatest wins of the legendary Roberto Duran! And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE! Muchas gracias boxing heads!

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