Legendary boxer Roberto Duran tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been hospitalized in Panama City, his son announced on Instagram on Thursday.
Duran, his son said, had just minor symptoms similar to a common cold and was in the hospital for observation. He was not on a ventilator or in intensive care, and doctors told the family that his lungs are still in good condition.
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He was taken to the hospital as a preventative measure both because of his age and due to a previous lung issue.
Duran, 69, retired in 2001 with an impressive 103-16 overall record and 70 knockouts. The former WBC Welterweight champion was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007. He has several incredible wins under his belt — including one against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 at the “Brawl in Montreal,” where he handed Leonard his first career loss to earn the WBC title.
Panama had more than 28,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday night, according to The New York Times, and more than 500 deaths attributed to it. The United States had more than 2.4 million confirmed cases and more than 124,000 deaths, and set a new daily record with 39,327 new cases on Thursday alone, according to The Washington Post.
Roberto Duran celebrates after he defeated Ricky Stackhouse in a 10 round middleweight fight on February 5, 1988, at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Duran won the fight via unanimous decision. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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