Advertisement
Advertisement

Duran Out of ESPN2 Fight Against Jesse Hart, Eye Injury

By Keith Idec

A serious eye injury has forced veteran middleweight Ossie Duran to withdraw from his televised April 11 fight against undefeated super middleweight prospect Jesse Hart.

A doctor determined Wednesday that Duran has a torn right retina, which will require surgery and is considered career-threatening. The scrapped 10-round bout between Duran, of Paterson, N.J., and Philadelphia’s Hart (12-0, 10 KOs) was to be broadcast by ESPN2 from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Matchmakers for Top Rank Inc., Hart’s promoter, were working Thursday to secure a replacement for Duran (28-11-3, 11 KOs).

“It’s just a shame that this happened now,” Phil Shevack, Duran’s manager and assistant trainer, said Thursday. “He was on a resurgence and he was looking forward to this fight. He wanted this one pretty bad. We’re going to have to postpone his career right now and see what happens. My feeling is they can correct it. The decision ultimately will be his, but my advice would be to not box anymore. He’s 36, but for all practical purposes he’s 37. I would recommend that he terminate his boxing career and concentrate on training young people and pros. He’s an excellent trainer.”

Duran, who’ll turn 37 on April 23, suffered the injury during a 10-round draw Jan. 3 with fringe middleweight contender Caleb Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs). Duran’s strong performance against Truax in a fight ESPN2 televised from Minneapolis helped rejuvenate Duran’s career following a third-round knockout loss to Russian middleweight Matt Korobov (22-0, 13 KOs) in his previous bout, June 15 in Dallas. The durable Duran would’ve made his super middleweight debut against Hart, the son of former middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart.

Duran, who was born and raised in Ghana, is scheduled to visit a retina specialist Friday.

“The first eye doctor we saw Wednesday said there’s a tear, not a detachment, in his right retina,” Shevack said. “Our goal right now is to get it corrected. Then, after that, decisions will be made. But again, my recommendation would be to not fight anymore. Eyes are too important. On my shift, I don’t want to see him ending up with a cane and a seeing eye dog.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

Tags: Jesse Hart image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Bob Arum: It's Obvious Floyd Mayweather is Coming Back De La Hoya: Golovkin Didn't Want Lara - And Canelo Beat Him! Gilberto Ramirez-Dominik Britsch on Crawford-Postol HBO PPV De La Hoya: I Thought Pacquiao Would Be Easy, Canelo in Tough! Gassiev Warns Povetkin: Wilder Punches Harder Than Klitschko Verdejo Not Worried About Critics, Intends To Fulfill Expectations Freddie Roach Says Frankie Gomez in 'Best Shape' For Herrera Amir Khan Stands To Pocket 13 Million in Canelo Showdown Brown on PBC: We're Giving Fans What They Want and Expect Examining the Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Scorecards Anthony Joshua-Zhang Zhilei Eyed For The Future in China? Glen Tapia Ready For David Lemieux, Feels A lot Stronger at 160 Bute Wants the Winner of DeGale-Jack Unification Fight Photos: Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso Open Workouts Examining the James DeGale-Porky Medina Scorecards Hearn Wants Joshua to Become Pay-Per-View Star in America ALA Promotions Prez: Magsayo Will Never Be Another Pacquiao De La Hoya Breaks Down Speed vs. Power Fights of The Past Curtis Stevens on The Trainer Switch To John David Jackson Team Verdejo Bring in Nutrionists, Sports Psychologists For 6/11 DeGale: I Showed Medina Levels, He Doesn't Deserve Rematch Garcia: If Golovkin Will Face Floyd at 154, Then Face Canelo at 155 Magdaleno To Apply Pressure For Nonito Donaire Title Shot Tommy Coyle Calls To Avenge Luke Campbell KO Loss Video: Hearn Talks Judging Issues in Boxing, Crolla vs. Barroso Amir Khan Followed Strict Diet Switch For Showdown With Canelo Video: Hearn Excited About Mayweather vs. Matchroom Card Shane Mosley Makes Heroic Rescue Of Baby in Freeway Wreck Video: Eddie Hearn Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Smith, More Garcia: Amir Khan Will Not Be an Easy Fight For Canelo "Fighting Words" - On Francisco Vargas’ Positive Drug Test Bute on Jack Draw: I Started Too Late Yet Again Matthysse To Sit Down With De La Hoya in Vegas, Discuss Future Mayweather, Hearn in Talks For TMT vs. Matchroom Card Video: James DeGale on Mayweather, Hearn Rift, Jack, More Video: Callum Smith Breaks Down DeGale-Medina, Jack-Bute Jack-Bute CompuBox Punch Stats Video: Badou Jack Feels Robbed, Looks To The Future Thomas Williams: I Want Adonis Stevenson Next, I Want His Belt! Mayweather's Trademark Filings Could Be Biggest Hint of Return
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement