Roberto Duran with Sugar Ray Leonard in May 2019. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

Boxing icon Roberto Durán diagnosed with coronavirus

Boxing legend Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a hospital in Panama on Thursday due to experiencing cold-like symptoms. 

"My father's tests have just arrived and confirm that he is positive for  COVID-19. Thank God he is not having symptoms beyond something similar to a cold," said Duran's son, Robin Duran, on Instagram

"We have just spoken with the doctor and he told us his lungs are fine and there are no signs of any serious damage," Robin Duran said.

"My dad felt a bit of a cold," Robin added on Instagram. "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. "

Durán, nicknamed "Hands of Stone," was a four-weight champion during his prolific career, retiring in 2001 with a 103-16 record. The 69-year-old Duran is best known for his legendary fights against Sugar Ray Leonard as they fought twice in 1980. Durán became the first boxer to defeat Leonard, earning the WBC and lineal welterweight championship. They fought again later that year and Leonard came out on top.

After a brief retirement, Durán returned the ring and over the next two decades put together one of the great resumes in boxing history, holding world championships at lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight. He fought until age 50 and was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Durán also had a successful acting career outside of the ring, appearing in the movies "Rocky II," "Harlem Nights," and the television show "CSI: N.Y."

Blake Harper is a writer based in New York. He's originally from San Diego and is one of the few Chargers fans left. He doesn't believe in ties and loves elaborate celebrations. Follow him on Twitter @beezyharps 

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