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1980 Roberto Duran "No Más" Fight Worn Gloves vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. ...

2013 August 1 - 2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080

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9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

The most famous surrender in prize ring history
1980 Roberto Duran "No Más" Fight Worn Gloves vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. "The whole fight, I was moving, I was moving," Leonard explained. "And Voom! I snapped his head back with a jab. Voom! I snapped it back again. He tried to get me against the ropes, I'd pivot, spin off and Pow! Come under with a punch." The 1976 Gold Medalist had learned his lesson from his first meeting with Durán, so angered by the insults directed his way prior to their Montreal debut that he abandoned his slick, elusive style and stood flat-footed against the punishing Panamanian, brawling rather than boxing. The result had been a thrilling slugfest, but one that went Durán's way in a razor-thin judges' decision. The boxing world cried out for a rematch, and, just five months later, they would have it.

Presented are the gloves worn by the Hall of Fame welterweight Roberto Durán in the second edition of his trilogy with Sugar Ray Leonard, unquestionably the most famous of their encounters. We may never know for certain exactly why it happened, but in the closing seconds of the eighth round, Durán turned his back to Leonard and addressed referee Octavio Meyran, uttering the two words that have been stamped into boxing history in much the same way as "Long Count" and "Phantom Punch." Durán claims he was suffering from debilitating stomach cramps from overeating after the weigh-ins. Leonard was unwilling to cede responsibility however, telling journalists, "I made him quit. To make a man quit, to make Roberto Durán quit, was better than knocking him out."

As Leonard departed with the belt he had reclaimed with the eighth round stoppage, Durán retreated to his hotel. A detailed letter of provenance from Durán's close friend picks up the story:

"In usual fashion I went up to Roberto Durán's hotel room after the fight. The room was on the 13th floor (if my memory is correct) of the Hyatt Regency. By the time I arrived to Durán's room it was crowded. I recall seeing the usual members of Durán's camp but also several reporters from the newspapers worldwide and also representatives of the WBC wre in Durán's room, inquiring why Durán chose to stop the fight with the infamous words 'No mas.'

Before Durán departed for the hospital, because of his complaints of stomach problems, a member of Durán's team came to me and said, 'Negrito, take these gloves back to your room with you.' So I carried the gloves with me to my room at the Best Western. They have remained in my possession ever since."

The "Cleto Reyes" model gloves are distinctively marked with a "WBC" logo below the left wrist and the label of a local New Orleans sporting goods store on the right, each visible in fight film (whereas the "Cleto Reyes" labels are hidden beneath wrapping tape). "Durán" is written in marker inside each sweat-stained wrist, one notated with a number "2."

Though the fight may have been the emotional low point of Durán's celebrated career, any gloves that once contained his famous "Manos de Piedra" should be considered a treasure of the collecting subgenre. Those worn in his most famous bout--for better or for worse--rank among the most desirable relics of post-war boxing ever to reach the hobby's auction block. Letter of provenance from close friend of Durán. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

UPDATE: Prior to a fight both fighters select two pairs of gloves. The pair they like best are routinely assigned a number 1 and the other pair serve as the backup gloves and are assigned a number 2. These Duran gloves have a 1 inside one and a 2 inside the other. What likely happened is after having the tape applied on fight night Duran did not like the fit on one glove and substituted the backup glove which is allowed by commission rules. An examination of video and still photos indicate these gloves are a perfect match including the areas on the backhand of the gloves where the tape was removed and removed some of the labeling.


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