Robert Duran Discharged From Hospital Following Positive COVID-19 Test Result
By: Hans Themistode
It’s been nearly 20 years since Roberto Duran has traded blows with someone inside of a boxing ring. Yet it turns out that the 69 year old former multiple division world champion still has a lot of fight left in the tank.
Duran was recently diagnosed and hospitalized with COVID-19. Fears grew as he has battled with an impaired lung due to a car accident several years. The deadly disease has feasted on both the elderly and those who suffer from respiratory issues, which made Duran an ideal target.
When the news broke, the boxing community collectively sent out a prayer and wished for his speedy recovery. Now, only a few days later, their wish has come true.
As of yesterday afternoon on July 2nd, Duran has been discharged from a hospital in his hometown of Panama City. Doctors deemed the former champion in well enough health to continue his recovery process from the comfort of his home.
Duran’s battle with COVID-19 may have taken place outside of the ring, but it reminded him of his numerous championship fights between the ropes over the course of his 30 year plus career.
“With God’s favor, I returned home after battling the COVID-19 virus,” said Duran via Instagram. “It was a World Championship fight, which I could win as a team, with the support, love and dedication of a medical team, who not only took care of me, but of all the patients, who, like me, fought in the hospital against this virus. To all those people who continue in the fight, I send a lot of strength and my prayers. Do not lose your hopes and know that God is in control. To all my fans around the world, I thank you for praying for me. Thank you for all your messages of encouragement.”
The accomplishments of Duran inside of the boxing ring is one of the most impressive in history. World title wins in four separate weight classes coupled with wins over Iran Barley and Ray Leonard pushed him into all-time great status. But even with the countless victories and championship reigns, it pales in comparison to those who have helped not only Duran get through his battle with COVID-19 but others as well.
“I will never tire of thanking all the doctors, nurses, who give their best every day. Regardless of the risk they take. I will be a former World Champion, but you are the true CHAMPIONS OF LIFE.”
Roberto Duran Hospitalized With COVID-19
By: Hans Themistode
For 31 years, hall of fame boxer Roberto Duran took on some of the biggest names in boxing history. Matchups against Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns were grueling inside of the ring, but his current fight with COVID-19 could be his toughest one yet.
The boxing legend was first taken to a hospital in his hometown of Panama City as a precautionary measure due to what was first believed to be a common cold. The news of Duran’s hospital stay was broken by his son, Robin Duran via Instagram.
“My dad felt a bit of a cold,” said Robin. “That’s why he made the decision to take him to the hospital. He has a lung that doesn’t work 100% due to an accident in Argentina a few years ago. Apart from age factor, the doctors have decided to leave him under observation. The first exams show a simple cold virus, but as this is the situation and while the tests are finished, the decision to leave him in the hospital is the best.”
The decision to allow Duran to be fully tested proved to be a sagacious one as he has officially contracted the virus.
“My father’s tests have just arrived and confirm that he is positive for COVID-19.”
News of Duran and his positive test comes on a day where Panama has seen a spike in it’s COVID-19 cases. The country has seen a low amount of positive results since the pandemic first broke through and made headlines in early 2020. Now however, as of June 26th, the country has seen more than 1,000 new cases, which includes Duran.
Much like Duran’s style inside of the ring though, he appears to be fighting off the virus well and is currently on the road to recovery.
“Thank God he is not having symptoms beyond something similar to a cold. We have just spoken with the doctor and he told us his lungs are fine. There are no signs of any serious damage.”