1977-01-29 Roberto Duran w co 13 (15) Vilomar Fernandez, Fontainebleau Hotel Indoor Tennis Court, Miami Beach, Florida, USA - WBA

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1977-01-29 Roberto Duran w co 13 (15) Vilomar Fernandez, Fontainebleau Hotel Indoor Tennis Court, Miami Beach, Florida, USA - WBA. Referee: Servio Ley. Boxing sensibly and moving well the challenger held up Duran (133) for seven rounds by keeping him off balance while darting in with lefts and rights. But as Fernandez (134¼) slowed Duran’s body blows began to have their effect by the eighth, and in the 13th the Dominican looked to be a spent force. It was then that Duran made his move, and two cracking body blows followed by a left hook to the jaw sank Fernandez, who was counted out at 2.10 of the session.

With a match against Esteban De Jesus mooted for the summer, Duran was signed up for a defence against Josue Marquez in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 17 March before being forced to withdraw when taken ill.

Back with a non-title win over Javier Muniz, the De Jesus fight was put on hold when the Puerto Rican made another defence of his WBC title in June. This was followed by Duran signing up to defend against Edwin Viruet on 17 September with the promise of the DeJesus fight next time out.