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    1980 Roberto Duran Championship Fight Worn Trunks from Sugar Ray Leonard I Bout. On June 20, 1980 Sugar Ray Leonard defended his World Welterweight Title against a tough mauler, Roberto Duran of Panama, in a highly anticipated battle in Montreal. Leonard had won the title in 1979 and the former Olympic Champion was the clear favorite to retain his title over the much respected Duran. Duran had earned his honors in the lightweight division. He defeated Ken Buchanan in 1973 to win that title and successfully defended it twelve times before voluntarily relinquishing it in 1979 to move up in weight.

    Duran was a feared puncher and terrific competitor and a man of great ring savvy. He used this to his advantage against Leonard. Duran was able to get Leonard to abandon his smooth boxing style and enter into exchanges that would favor him. After fifteen tough, hard fought rounds, Duran was declared the winner in a close, but decisive fight. It may well have been the greatest achievement of Roberto Duran's career. Presented here are the fight worn trunks used by Roberto Duran in his fight with Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal. They are crafted from white satin with red trim at the waistband and the legs. The name "Roberto" appears on the right leg and "Duran" on the left leg. Solid wear is evident.

    The trunks originated directly from Roberto Duran himself. Duran and his wife sold them to a boxing equipment manufacturer who has enclosed a letter of authenticity. Accompanying the important relic is a detailed color photograph of Leonard and Duran in the ring during the fight, the garment a perfect match. These trunks memorialize one of the great achievements of Roberto Duran's illustrious career, and one of boxing's most memorable fights. LOA from Craig Hamilton.

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