View Full Version : Roberto Duran LW Resume.


Barn
02-03-2012, 02:10 PM
One of the best early opponents of Roberto Duran's career was the one he faced and defeated in his pro debut, Carlos Mendoza who would challenge for and fail to capture Wilfredo Gomez' Super Bantamweight title. After a few more fights at Super Bantamweight and Featherweight against journeymen of mostly the same nationality, the Panamanian Roberto Duran met his first real opponent 15 fights in. Ernesto Marcel at Super Featherweight. Marcel was 24-2 and was on a winning streak, Duran stopped this streak by stopping him in the tenth round. One fight later Marcel would win the Panamanian Featherweight title and after drawing in his first title challenge 8 fights later would win a World Featherweight Title strap defending 3 times, the final time against the great but, slightly green Alexis Arguello.

Duran then defeated (1 fight) former lineal Super Feathweight champion Hiroshi Kobayashi at Lightweight, Duran won the bout via KO7, a win which launched him to being ranked 6 by Ring Magazine.. After this fight he defeated 120-56 fight veteran Angel Garica. After winning this scrap he fought the man who had taken the crown from Laguna, the Scotsman and Hall of Famer Ken Buchanan. Buchanan was very much prime on a 10 fight winning streak which included a host of top 10 contenders and champions. For example, he had defeated former Super Lightweight Champion Carlos Hernandez, Ismael Laguna x2 and had defended his title twice.

Duran won this fight in controversial fashion. At the end of the 13 round after the bell had sounded Duran after the bell struck Buchanan low. Buchanan was in visible pain and couldn't continue as it was a hard shot right to the cojones. The ref ruled the bout as a TKO win for Duran to the dismay of Buchanan who had lost his title in this fashion. It must be pointed out however that Duran was clearly winning the fight at the time of the stoppage but Ken was certainly holding his own. If the low blow had not happened Duran would have simply won the Unanimous decision as Buchanan was too far down on points and didn't have the power to hurt Duran. After losing this bout Buchanan would beat Carlos Ortiz in the Puerto Ricans last fight and Jim Watt his fellow Scotsman, proving he was by no means past it.

After winning the title and having two meaningless non-title fights, Number 1 contender DeJesus fought Duran in a non-title bout and after flooring Duran in the first defeated him by points decision.

After this loss Duran made his first title defence against Jimmy Robertson who was the former NABF LW Champion and held wins over Navarro and a draw against HOF Sugar Ramos. However he was very inconsistent at the time of the Duran fight significantly lowering how good this defence was.

Duran's second defence was against JWW contender and Empire LW Champ Hector Thompson who was ranked 5ish(JWW) and later challenged for the title (losing.)

His next defence was against mid-rated LW contender Guts Ishimatsu, who only two fights later would win the WBC title and defend it 5 times before losing to Duran conqueror DeJesus. Duran once again defended well in an excellent win.

Duran's 4th defense came against his old rival DeJesus who was not ranked at LW due to moving up to JWW. However he had beaten the number 1 contender Ray Lampkin two times previously so was effectively the top dog in the division. In an action packed fight Duran was knocked down in the first again! However this time the fight was not a 10 rounder. Duran picked up the pace and battered DeJesus around the ring in the 11th - until he was unable to get up - to even the scores!

The 5th defense of the title came against a man who had earned his shot by beating mid rated contender Buzzzaw Yambe and a man who might possibly have the coolest birth name ever. MASATAKA(massattacker.) Takayama was the current Japanese LW title holder but that didn't matter as he didn't do any mass attacking and Duran KO'd him in one.

In the 6th match for Duran's beloved title he fought Ray Lampkin who had been number one for a while now as he owned the NABF title. However this statistic met the same fate as Lampkin as he was beat down and hospitalized.

Although not a title fight Duran defeated contender Edwin Viruet before defending against the mediocre Leoncio Ortiz. After this fight he travelled up to 140 and defeated Saoul Mamby.

Duran's next title defence was a decent one. Against the JWW undefeated contender Lou Bizzaro. Then 1 fight later Duran fought against 140 contender Emiliano Villa in a non-title bout. Despite never winning a title there Duran did do a bit work at 140. After winning this he fought Alvaro Rojas who despite having a terrible record got a shot at Guts' WBC title. After Guts beat him he got a shot at Durans title, and lost that one too.

He then hopped straight into another defence against number 4 ranked Fernandez who had just beaten Ray Lampkin the former number 1 contender and NABF title holder and won that marking the 10th defence of his lineal title.

In his 11th title defence he beat former opponent Viruet who was now ranked number 3 in the LW ranks. Solid defence.

In Duran's last bout at Lightweight, he fought DeJesus a third time. Duran's WBA title was on the line, as was DeJesus' WBC title he had defended 3 times. This was a unification fight and a rubber match, lineal champion versus titleholder and number one contender. This fight had everything and Duran won it, marking the end of a splendid and very good Lightweight reign up there with the best.

In summary:
Won (lineal) title from Ken Buchanan. (Lineal LW Title, HOF.)
Defended against Jimmy Robertson. (NABF LW Title.)
Defended against Hector Thompson. (Empire LW Title.)
Defended against Guts Ishimatsu. ( Future WBC LW Champ.)
Defended against Esteban DeJesus. (Future WBC LW Champ.)
Defended against MASSATTACKER Takayama (Japanese LW Champ.)
Defended against Ray Lampkin (NABF LW Title.)
Defended against Leoncio Ortiz. (Mexican LW title.)
Defended against Lou Bizarro.
Defended against Alvaro Rojas.
Defended against Vilomar Fernandez
Defended against Edwin Viruet.
Defended and won WBC title against Esteban DeJesus. (WBC LW Champ.)
Vacated undisputed title.

Defended lineal title 12 times. Also unified.

Key Wins.

Ken Buchanan (Prime HOF.)
Guts Ishimatsu (LW Champ.)
Esteban DeJesus (LW Champ.)
Ray Lampkin, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Viruet Top 5 Contenders.
Hector Thompson (Top 5 JWW Contender.)
Ernesto Marcel (FW Champ.)
Hiroshi Kobayashi (SFW Champ.)

Overall good era, very good dominance, very good longlivety, good accomplishments.

Miburo
02-03-2012, 04:19 PM
Amusingly enough given popular conception (and similar to say, Mosley) Duran barely fought at the LW limit in the 70s, he was basically only there for title fights.

TAC602
02-05-2012, 06:12 AM
Not sure where Esteban DeJesus was rated at 135 for his March 1974 bout with Duran, but he was the No. 1 at the year end of 1973, which usually came out in January/February of the following year, in this case 1974.

As selected by The Ring magazine in the March 1974 issue.

1973:

Roberto Duran, Champion
1. Esteban De Jesus
2. Ken Buchanan
3. Jimmy Heair
4. Rodolfo Gonzalez
5. Ray Lampkin
6. Hugo Armando Gutierrez
7. Andries Steyn
8. Ould Makloufi
9. Shinichi Kadota
10. Ray Lunny

TAC602
02-05-2012, 06:17 AM
I think what this - VERY GOOD - research into lightweight history has shown is that one could rank Roberto Duran as low as 4th or 5th all-time based on resume and that's fine. He still has his H2H/Skills argument, still beat good fighters and still has the most defenses of the (lineal) crown (12, 11 by KO).

OTOH, not many of these guys can match what he brings to the table P4P in beating Palomino and then Leonard at 147. The wins against rateds Moore @ 154 and Barkley (coming off a TKO3 of Hearns) @ 160 are the icing on top.

Scott9945
02-05-2012, 08:29 PM
Not sure where Esteban DeJesus was rated at 135 for his March 1974 bout with Duran, but he was the No. 1 at the year end of 1973, which usually came out in January/February of the following year, in this case 1974.

As selected by The Ring magazine in the March 1974 issue.

1973:

Roberto Duran, Champion
1. Esteban De Jesus
2. Ken Buchanan
3. Jimmy Heair
4. Rodolfo Gonzalez
5. Ray Lampkin
6. Hugo Armando Gutierrez
7. Andries Steyn
8. Ould Makloufi
9. Shinichi Kadota
10. Ray Lunny

Wow, that's a tremendous dropoff after Buchanan. And I saw both Heair and Gonzalez fight in LA many times.