The well known Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, who held world championships in four weight classes during his more than three-decade career, has been tested positive for the coronavirus but has had only mild symptoms so far. His son provided us with the information that till now he has had mild symptoms so far.
His son Robin Duran also said that his father was tested positive after going to a private hospital with some light symptoms. “At the moment he’s not having symptoms beyond a cold. We’ll be passing on more information over the days,” the son wrote on his Instagram account.
After Roberto’s accidental car crash in Argentina 2001, one of his lungs hasn’t functioned that well, so this was the reason for his visit to the hospital.
Durán, who had the nickname “Hands of Stone” as a boxer from 1968 to 2001, is a sports icon in Panama and Latin America. Beyond winning his four championship belts, he is remembered for his resounding victory over American boxing idol Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal in 1980. Months later, they met in a rematch and Durán withdrew in the middle of a fight with the famous phrase “No mas”— “No more.” He now is considered Panama’s sporting ambassador, according to his messages of encouragement from his supporters.
At the beginning of the pandemic in Panama, Durán encouraged Panamanians to comply with confinement measures and to follow the recommendations of wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
Panama has the most confirmed coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths in Central America. On Thursday, officials for the first time reported over 1,000 cases for the preceding 24 hours along with 17 more deaths. The country has had more than 29,000 confirmed cases, with more than 13,000 still active, and 564 deaths