Roberto Duran vs Davey Moore – Highlights (Duran Mauls, KNOCKS OUT Moore)

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June 16th, 1983.On this day, the legendary “Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran takes on the reigning WBA Super Welterweight Champion; 24 years old “Sensational” Davey Moore, who is the 5-2 betting favorite.

Prefight records; Duran 76(57)-4, Moore 12(9)-0.

By this time, Duran is in his 15th year as a pro and held many notable victories over top oppositions such as Jimmy Robertson, Hector Thompson, Guts Ishimatsu, Masataka Takayama, Ray Lampkin, Leoncio Ortiz, Lou Bizzarro, Alvaro Rojas, Vilomar Fernandez, Emiliano Villa, Leonard Tavarez, Angel Robinson Garcia, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Ernesto Marcel, Saoul Mamby, Luigi Minchillo, Pipino Cuevas, Carlos Palomino, Adolfo Viruet, Edwin Viruet, Sugar Ray Leonard & Esteban De Jesus (2x).

Back in February 1982, Davey Moore at 22 years of age became World Champion in only his 9th pro fight; stopping Tadashi Mihara in his hometown of Tokyo, Japan to win the WBA World Super Welterweight Title. He made 3 successful defenses of his WBA Crown after that, and his 4th defense is set to be against the Panamanian legend.

Going into the fight, Moore had notable wins over Charlie Weir, Tadashi Mihara & Ayub Kalule.

From the opening bell, Duran took his time to punish Moore for his prefight trash talks; battering him to the body and head with an unflinching ferocity. By the 5th round, Moore’s right eye is swollen shut and cut as well. The beating was so severe that Moore’s mother and girlfriend had fainted in ringside, from watching the slow and sadistic mauling Moore had to endure.

While the crowd was relishing in the beating dished out by the Hands of Stone, referee Ernesto Magaña appeared to be oblivious of the extent of Moore’s injuries.

In the 7th frame, Duran scored a knockdown on an utterly helpless Moore as he continued his systematic destruction of the 24 year old WBA Champion. After the round ended, Duran’s trainer Nestor Quiñones urged his fighter to finish the fight in the 8th stanza.

However, Duran carried on his onslaught for another 2 minutes before Moore’s corner finally threw in the towel as they have finally seen enough. This is the 1st time that Moore was every stopped in a fight; he had a total of 114 fights (amateur and pro) up to this point.

With this win, Duran became the 8th fighter in history to win world titles in 3 different weight classes; Lightweight, Welterweight & Light Middleweight. The previous 7 boxing triple champions are Bob Fitzsimmons, Tony Canzoneri, Barney Ross, Henry Armstrong, Emile Griffith, Wilfred Benitez & Alexis Argüello.

Additionally, Duran’s dominance over the unbeaten Moore erased the shame of his “No Mas” loss to Sugar Ray Leonard 3 years ago. In the eyes of the public, he has more than redeemed himself.

Please enjoy this highlight of one of Duran’s greatest performances, and be sure to SUBSCRIBE for more!

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