Roberto Duran vs Pipino Cuevas – Highlights (Duran KNOCKS OUT Cuevas)


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January 29th, 1983. Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran aka “Manos de Piedra” takes on power punching Jose “Pipino” Cuevas in a Super Welterweight contest on this day.

Prefight records; Duran 75(58)-4, Cuevas 29(26)-8.

In July 1976, Pipino Cuevas won the WBA World Welterweight Title beating Angel Espada via TKO2 and made a remarkable string of 11 title defenses (10 by knockouts) from October 1976 to April 1980.

Cuevas would lose the WBA Crown to 21 year old Thomas “Hitman” Hearns in August 1980.

In November 1981, Cuevas was outpointed by Roger Stafford in a loss named by Ring Magazine as Upset of the Year 1981.

Roberto Duran’s reign as World Lightweight Champion began in Jun 1972 when he stopped Ken Buchanan to win the WBA, The Ring & Lineal Lightweight Titles. He ruled the division from Jun 1972 to January 1978 where he he made an impressive 12 successful defenses of his titles.

Duran would move up to 147 in April 1978 and after going 8-0, he challenged a prime Sugar Ray Leonard 2 years later; outpointing Leonard via UD15 in one of the Greatest World Title Fights of All Time to garner the WBC Welterweight Crown.

He would lose the title in a rematch 5 months late in the infamous “No Mas” fight.

In August 1981, Duran moved up to 154 and went 2-1 before challenging “The Gifted One” Kirkland Laing a year later.

Kirkland Laing (in perhaps his best performance) was in constant motion throughout the fight; effectively tiring Duran while tagging him with jabs and combinations, stunning the boxing world with a SD10 win. The fight is named Upset of the Year 1982 by Ring Magazine.

Don King was so outraged by the loss, and confronted Duran and his handler’s with verbal assaults in the locker room.

Duran picked up one more win over Britian’s Jimmy Batten 2 months later before he’s scheduled to take on power punching Cuevas.

Going into the fight, Duran held notable wins over Saoul Mamby, Vilomar Fernandez, Emiliano Villa, Leoncio Ortiz, Monroe Brooks, Luigi Minchillo, Ray Lampkin, Angel Robinson Garcia, Guts Ishimatsu, Hector Thompson, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Carlos Palomino, Ken Buchanan, Ernesto Marcel, Sugar Ray Leonard, Edwin Viruet (2x), Esteban De Jesus (2x).

On the other hand, Cuevas had beaten the likes of Clyde Gray, Joergen Hansen, Randy Shields, Harold Volbrecht, Pete Ranzany, Billy Backus, Miguel Angel Campanino, Harold Weston, Angel Espada (3x).

While Cuevas was game and determined throughout, Duran largely dominated the fight en route to a 4th round stoppage. This victory earned Duran a world title shot against the reigning WBA World Super Welterweight Champion, Davey Moore.

In yet another great performance, a 5-2 underdog Duran severely punished Davey Moore en route to a TKO8 victory to become a Triple Crown World Champion.

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