Roberto Duran, 69, in hospital with coronavirus as boxing legend is taken in due to fears over his damaged lung from a car crash 19 years agoRoberto Duran, 69, has been hospitalised in Panama with coronavirusThe boxing legend’s son confirmed he had contracted the virus on Instagram Duran, a former four-weight world champion, has not got serious symptomsHis son took him to hospital amid fears over the ex-boxer’s damaged lungDuran is famous for his fights with great rival Sugar Ray Leonard in the 1980s 

Boxing legend Roberto Duran has been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus.

The former four weight world champion, who recently celebrated his 69th birthday, is one of sport’s most beloved icons having established himself as one of the four kings of boxing alongside Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard in the golden age of the 1980s and 1990s.

The news of Duran’s positive test comes on a day that his homeland of Panama set a new record for daily cases of Covid-19 

Legendary boxer Roberto Duran, 69, is in hospital in Panama battling coronavirus

Duran is best remembered for his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard during the 1980s

His son, Robin Duran, confirmed the legendary boxer had contracted the virus in a post on Instagram but said that his symptoms were not serious at the moment.

‘Test results have just arrived for my dad, and they confirm he is positive for Covid-19,’ he wrote.

‘Thank God for now he doesn’t have symptoms beyond a cold. He is not in intensive care nor on a respirator, just under observation.

‘We’ll be passing on more information over the days.’

Duran was taken to hospital as a precaution due to one of his lungs not functioning properly following a car crash in Argentina back in 2001.

The Panamanian great fought greats like Marvin Hagler during his illustrious career 

He won world titles in four weight divisions and defeated Iran Barkley in 1989

Duran restored his reputation after the ‘No Mas’ fight by knocking out Davey Moore

Doctors performed life-saving surgery on Duran before the Panamanian great decided to close the curtain on his iconic career which had spanned across three decades.

Duran, nicknamed ‘Hands of Stone, is widely regarded as one of the best lightweight boxers ever and went on to win world titles in four different weight classes.

His finest night came when he defeated rival Ray Leonard in 1980 to win the WBC welterweight strap but is best remembered for their rematch which went down in the history books as the ‘No Mas’ fight.

Duran had ballooned up in weight in the interim and was outclassed by Leonard and withdrew midway through the fight by famously saying ‘No Mas,’ meaning ‘No more’ in translation, though he denies those words ever coming out of his mouth.

Duran’s symptoms are not serious at present but there are fears over his damaged lung

The Panamanian boxer pictured recently with US President Donald Trump at a UFC event

He restored his reputation by later defeating Davey Moore and Iran Barkley to win more world titles.

Duran’s last fight was a defeat against Hector Camacho in July 2001, which saw him end his career with an astonishing record of 103 victories and 16 losses. 

The former boxer’s homeland of Panama has the most confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Central America and on Thursday, over 1,000 cases were recorded.  

In total, the country has had more than 29,000 confirmed cases, with more than 13,000 still active, and 564 deaths.

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