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Retired Boxer, Roberto Duran Contracts COVID-19

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

Former four-weight boxing world champion, Roberto Duran has been hospitalised after contracting coronavirus disease.

Duran’s son, Robin in a post on Instagram had earlier said his father was taken to the hospital after experiencing cold-like symptoms.

Robin in another post on Friday morning said that the result of his 69-year-old Panamanian boxing legend came back positive.

“My dad’s tests have just arrived and confirm that he is positive for COVID-19. Thank God that for now he has no symptoms other than those of a cold.

“He is not in intensive care or on a ventilator, he is still under observation.

“We just talked to the doctor and he tells us that the lungs are fine and there is no indication of seriousness.

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“Let’s continue to have faith that everything will turn out well,” Robin Duran wrote on Instagram.

The boxer, who retired in 2001 with a professional record of 103-16, was best known for his “Hands of Stone” and his June 1980 victory over Sugar Ray Leonard that earned him the WBC Welterweight title.

Duran was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 and was enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.

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