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From the state of Tijuana, in Mexico, two legends of Latin American boxing and the world coincided and they also shared and paid respect: Julio Cesar Chavez and Roberto ‘Hand of Stone’ Durán.
In a brief video of almost 30 seconds, the ‘Great Mexican Champion’ is seen hugging the Panamanianwhom he considers the best boxer that Latin America has had in its history.
“I am with the best Latin fighter of all time, my dear Roberto Durán, the ambassador of Panama”
In response to JC Chávez’s compliment, Durán (nicknamed Mano de Piedra for his forceful punch) He sent all the blessings to Mexico, its culture and its people.
“May God bless Mexico, all Mexicans and especially my very dear Julio César Chávez”
Duran Stone Hands
This meeting of authentic sports legends represents eye drops for the eyes of many fans in Latin America and the world who for years have participated in the debate of who was better between the two, Julio César Chávez or Manos de Piedra Durán; Culiacán-Sinaloa or Panama City.
Between these two luminaries add more than 230 professional fights with 210 victories.
The Grand Champion, who faced his last professional fight in 2005 (he has been in several exhibitions), finished with a record of 107 wins (87 by knockout), six losses (Frankie Randall, Oscar De La Hoya x2, Willy Wise, Kostya Tszyu and Grover Wiley) and two draws.
For his father, the pride of Panama, of which a movie starring Édgar Ramírez and Robert De Niro was even made, he strung together victorious 103 lawsuits and (70 on the fast track) and 16 defeats.
Precisely because the great unbeaten record that JC Chávez had during the bulk of his career is that many analysts consider him better than Durán, with which he never came to face; however, Manos de Piedra offered great fights that are remembered and considered boxing treasures.