• I Am Durán

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Roberto Durán
  • Narrated by: Henry Levya
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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I Am Durán

By: Roberto Durán
Narrated by: Henry Levya
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Publisher's summary

They called him Manos de Piedra - Hands of Stone - and he was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Now Roberto Durán tells his unbelievable story, from the streets of Panama to being crowned one of the Four Kings, along with Hearns, Leonard, and Hagler, as he blazed a trail through the golden age of boxing.

Born into abject poverty, barely able to read or write, Durán quickly realized that his fists could both protect him on the streets and put food on the table. His reputation was established on the day when, for a bet, he knocked down a horse with a single punch. At the age of 21, he claimed his first world title, against Ken Buchanan at Madison Square Garden. The legend of Manos de Piedra was born, but his most glorious moment was yet to come.

In 1980 Durán delivered one of the greatest upsets in boxing history by defeating the previously unbeatable Sugar Ray Leonard. But greater fame brought greater distractions, and Durán's endless partying took its toll before the two superstars faced each other again. Here, for the first time ever, Durán confronts the debacle of the rematch that entered sporting folklore and the truth behind the moment he was heard to utter the infamous words "no más" - no more.

Durán's explosive performances in the ring were matched only by the volatility of his life outside it. He lurched from living like royalty to bankruptcy and, after being written off as a boxing also-ran, made a bloody, legendary comeback that gave his career the ultimate ending and finally brought redemption. He came from nothing and changed the world. I Am Durán is the autobiography of one of boxing's most iconic legends.

©2016 Roberto Durán (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"In these pugilistic times, a must read.... I was drawn in and kept reading and before I knew I was through the book and feeling, really feeling, like I just sat down to a long dinner and beers after in some open Panamanian café with Durán sitting across from me just speaking with no filter, none at all.... The man behind [his record] is what’s so interesting. In this book I found him likeable and courageous and incorrigible.... The book reads like that, a rolling narrative of complete honesty. I’m not saying he is right about everything, but that he is breathtakingly honest about his point of view. It is hard to stop listening to him. Today’s youth could use a taste of his grit, of his legacy won with more heart than skill." (Frank Miniter, Forbes)

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