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Old 10-03-2009, 01:00 PM   #31
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What I really find astonishing with this fight is Duran's comeback in the last third of the fight. Barkley had the edge after 8 rounds and had been landing great body shots. By all logic he should have begun to take over completely at this point against his smaller and older opponent, but instead Duran stole the show. One of the best comebacks I've seen all things considered.

I consider this his best win. Not his best perfomance, but his best win.
Taking into account his age at the time, you might be right. Nobody thought he would win another world title after what happened against Hearns 5 years earlier.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:11 PM   #32
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I don't disagree at all with most of the points raised on Duran's awesome performance, but am i the only one that thinks the fight could still have easily gone the other way despite the late rally by Roberto?.razor-thin close imo.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:13 PM   #33
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My man Duran's LAST great effort was against Castro down in Panama in the summer of '97 when Duran was age 46 and Castro was a mere 29...... Then came the 'Joppy' fiasco in 1998........... Duran was game but slow at age 50 in 2001 against the 39 year old Camacho in Colorado...........

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Old 10-03-2009, 01:15 PM   #34
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I don't disagree at all with most of the points raised on Duran's awesome performance, but am i the only one that thinks the fight could still have easily gone the other way despite the late rally by Roberto?.razor-thin close imo.
You're not the only one. Had it a draw myself.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:20 PM   #35
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I don't disagree at all with most of the points raised on Duran's awesome performance, but am i the only one that thinks the fight could still have easily gone the other way despite the late rally by Roberto?.razor-thin close imo.
I think it could have gone the other way as well. But in a way I'm glad it didn't.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:22 PM   #36
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1. Leonard I
2. De Jesus III
3. Palamino
4. Barkley
5. Moore
Is that list based solely on performance or everything considered because on just performance that might be my list also.... perhaps swapping Barkely & Moore.
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:28 PM   #37
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I think it could have gone the other way as well. But in a way I'm glad it didn't.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:00 PM   #38
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I don't disagree at all with most of the points raised on Duran's awesome performance, but am i the only one that thinks the fight could still have easily gone the other way despite the late rally by Roberto?.razor-thin close imo.
Definitely an extremely close fight, but I ended up scoring it for Duran in the end. I felt he deserved it.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:44 PM   #39
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Definitely an extremely close fight, but I ended up scoring it for Duran in the end. I felt he deserved it.
By how many points?
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:00 PM   #40
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Remember though, one judge did score for Barkman after 12 rds...... Duran won a split decision............. I think Albert Bernstein even scored for Barker by a round or two, yet Gilberto Clancy was in favor of Duran........

I did see and I recorded the live PPV telecast in 1989........ Bernstein and Clancy called the shots......... A full woody popper for me.......


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Yeah, this was a fight, just like Hagler-Leonard, that could have gone either way. Just as Leonard did against Hagler I feel that Duran just shaded it by a point or two, though. That KD was crucial.
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:03 PM   #41
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honestly, i'm a big roberto duran fan but i felt iran barkley beat him that night. yeah, duran scored a knockdown late but i felt barkley controlled most of the rounds to warrant a decision win. kudos to both fighters for such a great fight but in this instance, i felt barkley should have gotten the nod.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:58 PM   #42
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The KD was the tiebreaker honestly.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:14 AM   #43
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I'm glad Al Bernstein finally got off ESPN after so many yrs calling "Bullshit" fights in tank towns for ESPN...... Showtime is a good outlet to hook with, but Showtime also keeps a slow-paced boxing schedule......... Showtime seems hellbent on staying behind HBO in class and quality for all eternity.......

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Old 10-04-2009, 12:59 AM   #44
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I don't disagree at all with most of the points raised on Duran's awesome performance, but am i the only one that thinks the fight could still have easily gone the other way despite the late rally by Roberto?.razor-thin close imo.
First time i viewed it i thought Barkley won to be honest. Haven't watched it since. Sentiment was high. I remember commenting i thought Barkley may have won here ages ago and quite a few came in disagreeing. Might have to watch it again.
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:17 AM   #45
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Where does this rank among the greatest performances of Roberto Duran. His victory over Leonard is universally regarded as his greatest performance ever. I've also heard he put on a clinic against Palamino, who was no mug, but I figure this effort at Middleweight, way past Duran's best days, has to rank highly. Any thoughts?
It may not have been his greatest performance in terms of form, but it was perhaps the greatest in terms of what he achieved in the face of what obstacles he was up against (ie: his age, Barkley's size). However, I did always feel that decision was somewhat questionable. At the very least, those wide margins in his favor were definite bullshit.
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