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Roberto Durán (World Champion "Hands of Stone" Boxer)

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Hands of Stone premieres at Cannes

In his career and lifetime, Panama's legendary Roberto Duran has gone from hero to zero and back again. Last night had to be one of his most memorable evenings.

The film Hands of Stone, chronicling his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard, starring Robert DeNIro and Edgar Ramirez, premiered at the prestigious Cannes film festival.

Both Robertos were honored as the post screening event became a love-in for DeNiro.

After some rough press lately, this is a positive event for Panama, imo. The movie opens in late August.

Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran and US actor Robert


Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez, US actor Robert de


US actor and singer Usher Raymond IV, US

Cuban actress Ana de Armas poses during the


Actor Robert de Niro and his wife Grace Hightower de Niro laugh as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran speaks.



Standing out from the crowd: The 61-year-old socialite cut an extremely youthful figure in the billowing dress which was adorned with patterns in a range of hues from dusky pink to sky blue and even gold



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I know that Roberto Duran speaks a very awful english but he looks to communicate very well with De Niro.  Maybe De Niro speaks spanish.  

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“Hands of Stone” boxing legend mural

Posted 24/03/2019


As Panama nears its 500th anniversary the city’s mural artists are at work recording people and events since the founding of the city. Legendary multi-titled boxing hero Roberto “hand of stone” Duran is the latest to be recognized with a mural in -the new Salipures in Santa Ana It was done by  artists together, @ disem305 and @studioinsano (Instragram).



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Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán hospitalizado por cuadro viral


Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán, también conocido como "El Cholo" Durán.


La leyenda panameña del boxeo Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán se encuentra hospitalizado.

El cuatro veces campeón mundial, cumplió 69 años el pasado 16 de junio.

"Mi papá está en el hospital por un cuadro viral y por precaución, ya que tiene un pulmón afectado por el accidente de Argentina y factor de edad", dijo su hijo Robin Durán a Telemetro Reporta.

En el año 2001, Durán sufrió un accidente automovilístico en la ciudad de Buenos Aires donde sufrió politraumatismo y fracturas intercostales, por lo que tuvo que ser intervenido quirúrgicamente.


Moderator comment: Below is an unedited automated translation of the above news article.


Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán hospitalized for viral symptoms


Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán, also known as "El Cholo" Durán.

RI • Jun 25 2020 - 04:56 PM

Panamanian boxing legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán is hospitalized.

The four-time world champion, turned 69 on June 16.

"My dad is in the hospital because of a viral illness and as a precaution, since he has a lung affected by the Argentine accident and an age factor," his son Robin Durán told Telemetro Reporta.

In 2001, Durán suffered a car accident in the city of Buenos Aires where he suffered multiple trauma and intercostal fractures, for which he had to undergo surgery.



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Roberto Durán da positivo por Covid-19; permanece hospitalizado

Redacción de La Prensa
25 jun 2020 - 07:49 PM


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"Hands of Stone "boxing legend hospitalized with  coronavirus


Posted 26/06/2020

Panama and world legendary boxer Roberto “Hands of Stone” boxer Roberto Duran, 69, has tested positive for coronavirus and is in a a private hospital.

Duran, also known locally as El Chollo,  retired in 2001 with an impressive 103-16 overall record and 70 knockouts.

 The former four-time super middle-weight  WBC world champion who fought as a professional from age 16 to 50  was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007. He has several incredible wins under his belt — including one against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 at the “Brawl in Montreal,” where he handed Leonard his first career loss to earn the WBC title.



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Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán sale del hospital



Momento en el que "El Cholo" Durán sale del hospital.


Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán, excampeón mundial panameño de boxeo, recibió el alta hospitalaria e irá a su casa cumplir aislamiento domiciliario por COVID-19.

"El Cholo" Durán pasó siete días en el Hospital Nacional, tras ser ingresado inicialmente por un cuadro viral. Al realizarle las pruebas se confirmó que tenía coronavirus.

"Pasamos la crisis más mala que pude pasar y gracias a Dios ahora es cuidarse y echar pa' 'lante", expresó.

Durán era persona de riesgo por su edad (69 años) y por una lesión pulmonar que tiene a raíz de un accidente automovilístico que sufrió en el año 2001. Por esta razón se recomendó que permaneciera en el hospital, sin embargo se mantuvo estable y de buen ánimo.

"Manos de Piedra" fue despedido con aplausos por el personal médico a su cuidado, "qué puedo decir yo de la alegría, y tanta amabilidad, tanto cariño, tanto respeto y tanto amor que han tenido conmigo, yo no tengo palabras cómo decirlo, ¡qué rareza!, que Dios los bendiga a todos ustedes, y gracias por poner todo el empeño de prácticamente, de salvar mi vida".



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Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán leaves the hospital


Moment in which "El Cholo" Durán leaves the hospital.

RI • Jul 2, 2020 - 03:55 PM

Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán, a former Panamanian world boxing champion, was discharged from the hospital and will go home to fulfill his home isolation by COVID-19.

"El Cholo" Durán spent seven days in the National Hospital, after initially being admitted for a viral illness. When tested, it was confirmed that he had a coronavirus.

"We went through the worst crisis that I could have and thanks to God now it is taking care of yourself and throwing yourself away," he said.

Durán was a person at risk due to his age (69 years) and due to a lung injury that he had as a result of a car accident that he suffered in 2001. For this reason, it was recommended that he remain in the hospital, however he remained stable and good mood.

"Manos de Piedra" was dismissed with applause by the medical personnel in his care, "what can I say of the joy, and so much kindness, so much affection, so much respect and so much love that they have had with me, I have no words how to say it, How odd !, God bless you all, and thank you for putting all your efforts into practically saving my life. "


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