Roberto Duran was admitted to a hospital in Panama City, Panama on Thursday after experiencing cold-like symptoms. The former four-weight world champion is under observation after further testing revealed he was positive for the coronavirus, according to his son, Robin.
"My dad felt a bit of a cold," Robin Duran said on Instagram. "That's why he made the decision to take him to the hospital. He has a lung that doesn't work 100% due to an accident in Argentina a few years ago. Apart from age factor, the doctors have decided to leave him under observation. The first exams show a simple cold virus, but as this is the situation and while the tests are finished, the decision to leave him in the hospital is the best."
Robin said Roberto "is not having symptoms beyond something similar to a cold." Doctors have also stated there are no issues with Duran's lungs and he remains under general observation. He is not in intensive care nor on a ventilator.
Duran, 69, retired in 2001 with a record of 103-16. He fought many legendary fighters in his career, which began in 1968. He is most famous for his fights with Sugar Ray Leonard. In June 1980, Duran became the first man to defeat Leonard, earning the WBC and lineal welterweight championship in the process. They would rematch later in the year, with Duran losing when he quit on his stool in the infamous "no mas" fight.
After a brief retirement, Duran returned to boxing and faced Wilfred Benítez, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns in the following years as his career continued for two decades. He held world championships at lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.