Originally Posted by MAG1965
You are right, no one ever beat Duran like that. Although it was not that surprising. Hearns was the hardest puncher and quickest hard puncher Duran ever fought. He punched much harder than Hagler,Benitez or Leonard or anyone Duran ever fought in his many years boxing.
I do not agree with the excuse Duran was not at his best. Duran was champion at 154 and just fought Hagler 7 months before. He was never at his best when he fought another great fighter and he lost. That was always the excuse. Fact is, this was a unification fight and Hearns beat a fellow champion. I don't understand why Duran was never at his best when he fought the great fighters like Benitez,Leonard and Hearns. It had something to do with his opponents. He was great, but for his high ranking I would have thought he would have more wins over legendary fighters. He was given many chances to beat many of the greats.
Well, he did
batter a prime Sugar Ray Leonard, he did terrorize Ken Buchanan, he dominated and stopped Davey Moore, outpointed Barkley (who defeated Tommy Hearns), arguably beat Camacho when he was way
over the hill, hung in there with Hagler, defeated De Jesus twice, etc.