1977-09-17 Roberto Duran w pts 15 Edwin Viruet, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WBA
1977-09-17 Roberto Duran w pts 15 Edwin Viruet, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WBA. Referee: Isidro Rodriguez. Scorecards: 73-68, 73-65, 71-65. This was yet another fight for Duran (134½) in which he had to chase an elusive challenger, but although he was forced to travel the distance for the first time in a title defence at no time did he ever look likely to lose. Viruet (135), who had already taken Duran the full ten rounds in an earlier non-title bout, certainly made life difficult for the latter as he tied him up and used skilful, evasive tactics, but it wasn’t scoring points. Duran was cut over the left eye in the 12th, the session in which he came closest to removing Viruet with a cracker of a right hand, but it gave him no trouble as he cruised to a points win.