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“Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran heading to Granite City

Duran and De Niro
Duran and De Niro

A ring legend nicknamed Hands of Stone will travel to the Granite City to deliver a knockout talk on his four-decade boxing career.

Panamanian Roberto Duran is regarded as one of the sport’s finest pound-for-pound fighters and won world titles in the lightweight, welterweight, light-middleweight and middleweight divisions.

In a glittering 119-fight career he scored 103 victories, 70 of them by knockout.

In 2002, Duran was voted by The Ring magazine as the fifth greatest fighter of the last 80 years, while boxing historian Bert Sugar rated him as the eighth greatest fighter of all time.

He was brought up in the slums of Panama City and will be in the UK to promote the film Hands of Stone, the story of Duran and his trainer Ray Arcel, who will be played by Oscar winner Robert De Niro.

The film will be released in August and focuses on the central American’s battle through the ranks to earn a fight with Sugar Ray Leonard.

Aberdeen entertainment and events company Elite Promotions will host the event on Saturday, April 29 at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel.

Guests will be able to relive highlights of Duran’s career and the floor will be open for the boxer to answer any questions the guests may have.

A live screening of the world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, which takes place on the same night, will also feature.

John Anderson, a partner in Elite said “Boxing has always been very popular in this area and we have previously brought to Aberdeen famous names such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Calzaghe, Frank Bruno, Barry McGuigan, John Conteh and the late Sir Henry Cooper.”

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