Legends battle: Duran, 62, to fight Castro, 45

Carlos Cinco
Past their prime, Roberto Duran and Jorge Castro battle for one last time.

NOT DONE YET. Duran (left) will fight at age 62. Photo by EPA/Alejandro Bolivar.

SINGAPORE — Iconic boxers Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran (103-16, 70 KOs) of Panama and Jorge “Locomotora” Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOs) of Argentina will go at it again in a 3-rounder on September 7.

Duran, 62, and Castro, 45, have met each other in the ring twice before and are now scheduled to touch gloves once more inside the squared circle. It is extremely rare for fighters in their age demographic to continue to compete, but the two will lace on the wraps for old time’s sake.

Castro holds a 10-round Unanimous Decision over Duran in their first outing, while Duran scored the points win over Castro in their immediate rematch, putting their rivalry at one win apiece.

Rubber match

The exhibition will be sort of a rubber match between the fighters, even though it’s not exactly a serious competition.

Both fighters are considered legends in the sport and have amassed a combined experience of nearly 250 professional fights between them, with 160 knockouts.

The bout will take place at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.

“I am very happy to be here and that this is the farewell that so many wanted,” said Castro, in a press conference to announce the clash between two of the sport’s greatest fighters.

“Every boxer wants to leave the sport in a place where they have fought all the big names, like at Luna Park, and we are doing that. And if that were not enough, with someone big like ‘Hands of Stone’ Duran,” added Castro.

Farewell fight

This will serve as Castro’s farewell fight after having last registered a 2nd round TKO win over Jose Luis Herrera in 2007 – nearly 6 years ago. His opponent Duran however last fought back in 2001, losing to Hector “Macho” Camacho, 12 years ago.

Still, Castro maintains that he’s fit and able to compete.

“I never walked away completely. I’m always stayed in shape physically, even sparring with some kids, but obviously less than before. It’s going to be a party,” said Castro, about keeping in shape.

 “I hope that people will be happy with what I did in my career and I really want to enjoy the entire event. I have no doubt that it will be a unique night.”

Duran, who made his debut as a pro boxer in 1968, was not present at the presser. – Rappler.com

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