Former Panamanian world boxing champion Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán was discharged from the hospital where he was admitted for the new coronavirus, the former athlete announced on social networks.
“Today, with God’s favor, I returned home after battling the COVID-19 virus. It was a World Championship fight, “Durán wrote on his Instagram account.
The message is accompanied by a video where Durán is seen in a wheelchair and with a mask, while medical personnel make him a hall of honor with Panamanian flags.
Durán thanked the doctors who “give their best every day, regardless of the risk they take. I will be a former World Champion, but you are the true CHAMPIONS OF LIFE, “added the legendary puncher and six-time world boxing champion.
“Manos de Piedra” was admitted a week ago to a private hospital in Panama City after suffering from cold symptoms, but when he was tested for Covid-19 he came back positive.
Panama presents the worst official figures in Central America due to the pandemic, with 645 deaths and more than 34,000 infected, in the “deepest health, social and economic crisis” that the country has experienced, according to Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo.
Durán, a national hero in his country, boxed as a professional from 16 to 50 years old. He starred in 119 fights, 103 won and 16 lost. He was knocked out four times and sent 70 of his opponents to sleep on the mat, earning him the nickname “Hands of Stone.”
In addition, he was world champion in different categories, including the lightweight one that he won 12 times. AFP (HN)