Roberto Duran Interview!
By Scoop Malinowski
This man needs so introduction. He is one of the greatest fighters in ring history - a four-time world champ in four weight classes, and one of the most beloved champions of all time.
It was a surprise to see Roberto Duran in Atlantic City for fightweek of Don King's super event. Here is my interview with Roberto Duran:
Q - Please give the boxing world an update on Roberto Duran?
Duran: "I live in Panama City and right now i'm promoting fights in Panama. And I'm promoting my own salsa band (Arenablanca)."
Q - What brings you here to Atlantic City?
Duran: I love boxing? And my son is working on TV doing translating."
Q - Which boxers of today do you like to watch?
Duran: "All of them. I love boxing and for me all of them are good."
Q - Who do you see becoming the next dominant heavyweight champion if Lennox Lewis retires?
Duran: Mike Tyson again can be the best heavyweight."
Q - What do you like about Ricardo Mayorga who many say he reminds of you?
Duran: "I like the courage. He's a guy that goes on it. He doesn't care whether you're punching him or not. He just goes at it."
Q - Do you see a little of yourself in Ricardo Mayorga?
Duran: "No. Just courage."
Q - Please give your comments on Bernard Hopkins?
Duran: "He's a good boxer. And he's strong. He can take a punch."
Q - What do you see in Oscar De La Hoya?
Duran: "He's a good boxer. And very smart around the ring. Very smart."
Q - Roy Jones?
Duran: "He fought only guys he knew he would beat."
Q - Impressed by the Klitschko brothers?
Duran: "Not impressed at all, no. I don't see much."
Q - What do you see in Lennox Lewis?
Duran: "Lennox Lewis has been very lucky because I don't consider him as a punch taker. He hasn't fought a smart boxer."
Q - What fights were you at your best?
Duran: "Two fights. Buchanan and Barkley. (Vs. Buchanan)...I wanted to be world champion. (Vs. Barkley - at age 37)...Everybody thought that I was no good. That I was already done."
Q - Hardest punchers you faced?
Duran: "Hearns and Barkley. And DeJesus."
Q - Toughest opponents?
Duran: "Barkley, Hagler and Leonard."
Q - What was your greatest boxing moment?
Duran: "When I fought Ernest Marcel in Panama City. He was a good fighter and it was a big win. That's the fight that opened the door to the championship. And of course my first world title (won from Ken Buchanan at Madison Square Garden in 1972)."
Q - Most painful moment?
Duran: "The second fight with Ray Leonard in New Orleans. I had so many problems and quit that fight."
Q - And last question, any funny memory you have? Anything when you look back it makes you laugh?
Duran: "After I won the Lightweight title from Ken Buchanan, I wanted to eat every kind of ice cream, every flavor, every color. And after that I did champagne. And after that I had diarrhea. I went to the bathroom a hundred times that night [laughter]."