Panama City, July 3 (IANS) Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran has been released from medical care after being cured of coronavirus. The 69-year-old checked into a private hospital in Panama City on June 25 with a bad cold and tested positive for the deadly virus.
“Today, with the blessing of God, I returned home after battling the COVID-19 virus. It was a World Championship fight,” said Duran on his Instagram handle.
“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 also of all the patients, who, like me, fought in the hospital against this virus, which does not know of legends, world titles, social status, race, religion, etc …
“To all those people who continue in the fight, I send a lot of strength and my prayers, to their relatives so that they do not lose their hopes and know that God is in control. To all my fans around the world, I thank you for praying for me and for all your messages of encouragement. I will never tire of thanking all the doctors, nurses, who day by day give their best, regardless of the risk they take. I will be a former World Champion, but you are the true CHAMPIONS OF LIFE.”
The post also included a video message in which Duran can be seen wearing a mask and on a wheelchair with healthcare workers waving Panama flags surrounding him.
Duran boxed 119 fights between the ages of 16 and 50, winning 103 fights and losing 16. He was knocked out four times and did the same to his opponents 70 times, earning him the “Hands of Stone” nickname.