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Roberto Durán Samaniego (born June 16, 1951) is a retired Panamanian professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A versatile brawler in the ring, he was nicknamed "Manos de Piedra" ("Stone Fists," although the literal translation is "Hands of Stone") during his career. In 2002, he was chosen by The Ring to be the 5th greatest fighter of the last 80 years. Bert Sugar rates him as the 8th greatest fighter of all-time and the Associated Press voted Duran as the #1 lightweight of the 20th century. Many even consider him the greatest lightweight of all time. He held world titles at four different weights—lightweight (1972–79), welterweight (1980), light middleweight (1983–84) and middleweight (1989). He was the second boxer to have fought a span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson. He finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 70 KOs. Up until the second Ray Leonard fight, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel. Durán is one of the rare men in boxing history to win fights in 5 separate decades. He registered wins in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, putting him in the company of Jack Johnson, who had wins in the 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. Duran was voted Fighter Of The Decade for 1970-80 by the Boxing Writers' Association on May 8, 1980. Offered here is an original Sports Illustrated from September 26, 1977 which pictures Roberto Duran on the cover and which he has signed on the cover. PSA/DNA authenticated.
This is an original Sports Illustrated from September 26, 1977 picturing Duran on the cover and consisting of 96 pages complete. No mailing sticker. Tight binding. Clean inside and out. Boldly signed, "Roberto Duran" in blue sharpie on the cover. Not creased or torn. 8 1/4" x 11." Authenticated by PSA/DNA with their sticker on front cover. Comes with an additional LOA indicating Duran signed this at a show in San Jose on October 8, 1995.

Size: 8 1/4 x 11

Condition: excellent