Duran vs Whitaker – What If They Had Fought? – What if? It is a showdown of two of boxing’s all-time great lightweights as we look at what if Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran (103-16-0, 70 KOs) had faced Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker (40-4-1, 17 KOs) in the ring?
Roberto Duran competed from 1968 to 2001. He is a four-weight world champion, having held titles at lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight. He is also the second boxer to have competed over a span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson. Duran was known as “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) for his formidable punching power. The Associated Press voted him as the best lightweight of the 20th century, with many considering him the greatest lightweight of all time.
Pernell Whitaker competed from 1984 to 2001, and has since worked as a boxing trainer. He is a four-weight world champion, having won titles at lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight In 1989, Whitaker was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. From 1993 to 1997, The Ring ranked him as the best active boxer in the world, pound for pound. He currently holds the longest unified lightweight championship reign in boxing history at 6 title defenses.
Who better than Frank Lotierzo to look at all the possibilities of a Duran vs Whitaker matchup at lightweight. In very many ways, both men are unique, Lotierzo delivers his version as only he can.
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