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Greatest1942
11-03-2011, 08:42 PM
Duran fought a fellow named Pedro “El Toro” Mendoza
in a non-title bout in Nicaragua. Mendoza was a local favorite, held in such
esteem by Nicaraguans that the country’s dictator, Gen. Anastasio Somoza,
had personally asked Duran to carry El Toro long enough to avoid embarrassing
him, but Cholo couldn’t help himself and knocked him out in the
first round. Bobby Goodman, then a Don King publicist, was in Managua
for a WBA convention, and had gone to watch Duran***8722;along with another
of King’s fighters, Wilfredo Gomez***8722;perform that night, and recalled a wild
melee in the ring afterward.
“Some woman, I think it was Mendoza’s wife, jumped in the ring and
made a beeline for Duran,” Goodman recounted to Al Goldstein in A Fistful
of Sugar. “He just whirled around and flattened the broad with a right hand,
better than the one he starched Mendoza with.
“The thing about it was, there was nothing contrived about any of it,”
Goodman recalled to me more than three decades later. “Some guys try to
create an image by acting like some kind of animal, but not Duran. He actually
was a ****ing beast.”

DarkTerror88
11-03-2011, 08:46 PM
Duran fought a fellow named Pedro “El Toro” Mendoza
in a non-title bout in Nicaragua. Mendoza was a local favorite, held in such
esteem by Nicaraguans that the country’s dictator, Gen. Anastasio Somoza,
had personally asked Duran to carry El Toro long enough to avoid embarrassing
him, but Cholo couldn’t help himself and knocked him out in the
first round. Bobby Goodman, then a Don King publicist, was in Managua
for a WBA convention, and had gone to watch Duran***8722;along with another
of King’s fighters, Wilfredo Gomez***8722;perform that night, and recalled a wild
melee in the ring afterward.
“Some woman, I think it was Mendoza’s wife, jumped in the ring and
made a beeline for Duran,” Goodman recounted to Al Goldstein in A Fistful
of Sugar. “He just whirled around and flattened the broad with a right hand,
better than the one he starched Mendoza with.
“The thing about it was, there was nothing contrived about any of it,”
Goodman recalled to me more than three decades later. “Some guys try to
create an image by acting like some kind of animal, but not Duran. He actually
was a ****ing beast.”

Out of all the moments in the grand old history of boxing, that, is my favorite.

Its hard to NOT like duran

Kid McCoy
11-04-2011, 12:09 AM
In Hands of Stone Duran denied that he chinned her. He said: "I never hit a woman, never in my life. Just swatted her away with the back of my hand."

JAB5239
11-04-2011, 12:11 AM
Out of all the moments in the grand old history of boxing, that, is my favorite.

Its hard to NOT like duran

Not my favorite moment but an appreciated one. I don't believe in smacking women because you can. But Im all for reaction and self defense.

DarkTerror88
11-04-2011, 12:26 AM
Not my favorite moment but an appreciated one. I don't believe in smacking women because you can. But Im all for reaction and self defense.

It's a pretty humorous moment. Duran was a total monster.

mkennedy25
11-04-2011, 10:11 AM
Four Kings was an awesome book and that was defenitley a line that stood out in the there. Thanks for bringing it up. I thought it was cool when he was discussing Marvin Haglers first experience in a boxing gym where he just sat in the back and didn't say a single word lol.

DarkTerror88
11-04-2011, 11:23 PM
I apologize for my other posts. Vodka does not become me.

$BloodyNate$
11-05-2011, 03:58 AM
In Hands of Stone Duran denied that he chinned her. He said: "I never hit a woman, never in my life. Just swatted her away with the back of my hand."

Hahahahaha I lost my *****! Awesome story. I gotta take a look at that book sounds awesome, could probably learn a lot. I've always wanted to watch and learn more about duran but never end up doing it for some reason.

Ziggy Stardust
11-05-2011, 05:36 AM
Hahahahaha I lost my *****! Awesome story. I gotta take a look at that book sounds awesome, could probably learn a lot. I've always wanted to watch and learn more about duran but never end up doing it for some reason.

Oh man Nates.....you GOT to watch Duran: Every prime Duran fight you can get your hands on :cool9:

Poet

$BloodyNate$
11-05-2011, 07:53 AM
Oh man Nates.....you GOT to watch Duran: Every prime Duran fight you can get your hands on :cool9:

Poet

Haha damn. I always only worried about the essentials. I always like to make sure I see the important fights of a fighter and if I have time later then go deeper so ive seen of course the Leonard fights even the last one, saw hearns ice him and hagler take him and I watched half the first buchannon fight which was good and then drifted off ha any fights in particular that really define him that I must watch? I won't mind watching em either its not like having to force myself to watch holyfield ruiz or tyson fights that went the distance because they kept holding him ha durans a scrapper!

Ziggy Stardust
11-05-2011, 01:33 PM
Haha damn. I always only worried about the essentials. I always like to make sure I see the important fights of a fighter and if I have time later then go deeper so ive seen of course the Leonard fights even the last one, saw hearns ice him and hagler take him and I watched half the first buchannon fight which was good and then drifted off ha any fights in particular that really define him that I must watch? I won't mind watching em either its not like having to force myself to watch holyfield ruiz or tyson fights that went the distance because they kept holding him ha durans a scrapper!

Well, the DeJesus trilogy is a must: Duran in his prime at Lightweight versus an ATG opponent :cool9:

Poet

Greatest1942
11-05-2011, 03:36 PM
Haha damn. I always only worried about the essentials. I always like to make sure I see the important fights of a fighter and if I have time later then go deeper so ive seen of course the Leonard fights even the last one, saw hearns ice him and hagler take him and I watched half the first buchannon fight which was good and then drifted off ha any fights in particular that really define him that I must watch? I won't mind watching em either its not like having to force myself to watch holyfield ruiz or tyson fights that went the distance because they kept holding him ha durans a scrapper!

Enjoy the trailer...

"When the final bell sounded, Leonard reached out and tried to tap Duran
with his glove, but Cholo appeared to ignore the gesture. Both boxers were
quickly engulfed in a mass of humanity as cornermen, posses, and officials
poured into the ring.
When Duran reached his corner I saw him suddenly wheel and, pointing
to his own genitals, unleash an incomprehensible torrent in Spanish.
“What did Roberto say? ” I asked my pal Jose Torres, the former lightheavyweight
champion.
“He called him, you know, a *****,” said Torres. “A cunt.”
Leonard Gardner seemed to think that Duran was addressing his remarks
to Wilfredo Benitez, while my own impression was that he had been
looking right at Sugar Ray when he did it. As it turned out we were both
wrong. Cholo’s invective was directed toward Roger Leonard.
“Right after the bell rang, Roger came charging out of the corner, running
straight at Duran,” said Ray. Duran responded pretty much the way
he had to Pedro Mendoza’s wife and dropped Roger in his tracks with a
single punch.
“Duran just nailed him,” said Ray. “There was so much confusion in the
ring that not a lot of people even saw it happen.” '