Roberto Duran Samaniego is a former professional boxer who comes from Panama. He was born on June 16, 1951. His professional boxing career spanned a period of about 40 years from 1968-2001.
Roberto Duran Biography
Roberto’s father is from Arizona in the United States but is of Mexican descent. It is said that Duran grew up in the poorest areas of El Chorrillo, a place known as “The House of Stone” – La Casa de Piedra.
He began to take an interest in sports fighting and at the tender age of 8, he started hanging out with boxers with a wealth of experience in a popular gym called Neco de la Guardia. Roberto made his professional debut in 1968 at the very young age of 16. He is world champion in four-weight competition and has also held the various titles in light, welter, middle, and light-heavyweight in a remarkable way.
He also went further to consolidate his place as the undisputed champion in the linear lightweight and also took a step forward by becoming the undisputed champion in linear welterweight. Roberto Duran also broke the longevity record, being the second boxer whose career spans well over five decades. The only other person who succeeded in this feat was Jack Johnson.
He was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra”, meaning “hands of stone”, which he earned because of his versatile fighting style. In his time, Roberto Duran was a damn good hitter, his vicious and tenacious fighting spirit made him feared outside the ring as well. He was a pressure fighter and had incredible punching power. But his huge, burgeoning career was interrupted by his defeat in 1980 against his rival Sugar Ray, who had “no mass losses”.
In the very formative stages of his career, Duran was slim and very hungry. In 1972, he needed an incredible 13-round fight with Scot Ken Buchman to win the WBA Lightweight Championship. His first defeat came after 31 wins in an untitled welterweight fight against Esteban de Jesus in November of the same year. This did not dampen his fighting spirit in the slightest, as he then celebrated another incredible 41 consecutive victories. He rose by one class weight and gave up his belts in 1979. After that, Duran quickly proved that his detractors were wrong by dealing with bigger opponents and achieving an incredible victory over former champion Carlos Palomino.
It was on June 20, 1980, when Roberto Duran reached the absolute climax of his career at the so-called “Brawl of Montreal” in the Olympic Stadium, where he absolutely destroyed the undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard. At the turn of the century, he retired early and was honored by being elected to both the World and International Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2007.
Duran’s Net Worth
Roberto remained in boxing for an incredible 50 years, thanks to his fairly early start and his hard work and consistency. So you would think that a boxer would have amassed enormous wealth with his statue. This was not as expected when he retired in 2001 after recovering from a car accident in Argentina.
In his 50-year career, he fought over 119 fights and won 104 of them. At some point, Roberto also ventured into music. His life fortune is rounded up to a pretty decent fee of 3 million dollars. There is no doubt that he would have been worth much more if he hadn’t spent about $20 million on a wasteful lifestyle at the peak of his career.
His Family, Wife, and Kid
Roberto was born in Guararé, Panama, as the son of his mother Clara Samaniego, and his father Margarito Duran Sanchez, who was stationed in Panama for the US Army at about the same time as Roberto. Roberto and his family lived in abject poverty and had to do casual jobs like shoeshine shoes and dance in the streets for money.
As far as we know, the former boxer has at least six children, including Roberto Duran Jr., Victor Duran, and Robin Duran (his sons). There is also Dalia Duran, who is probably the most famous of his daughters, and we can say that she has two sisters – Giovana Duran and Irichelle Duran. Although several reports state that the man has a total of eight children, and it is claimed that he fathered other children from an affair outside of his marriage, we have not been able to prove these claims.
In the meantime, Roberto Duran Jr. has made an effort to leave his own legacy in boxing, just like his father.
Duran’s marriage is one that has stood the test of time and a marriage that has shown that even celebrities can make their marriage work and last. He is married to his long-time girlfriend and childhood sweetheart Mia Felicidad Duran. This marriage has been going on for over 40 years, and it seems that it is getting stronger and stronger and shows no signs of abating.