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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Leonard retains title over punchless Duran
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Dec. 7, 1989

After the rubber match, it's the fans and media who are crying "No Mas." In a boring 12-rounder in which Roberto Duran shows little inclination to fight, Sugar Ray Leonard dances and jabs his way to a unanimous decision in retaining his WBC super middleweight title in Las Vegas.

At 38, Duran appears to have neither heart nor "hands of stone." He connects on only 14 percent of his punches, just 84 of 588. Only one does any damage, a right that cuts Leonard's left eye in the 11th round. Meanwhile, Leonard connects on 227-of-438 (52 percent), though most of them are jabs that hurt Duran's pride more than his face.

The big difference between this fight and Leonard-Duran II nine years ago is that Duran stays for the finish this time. About the only person who doesn't think Leonard is an easy winner is Duran, who throws more excuses than punches and claims he has been robbed.

Actually, the only people who appear to have been robbed are the fans who paid to watch the lackluster fight.





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