1980-11-25 Sugar Ray Leonard w rtd 8 (15) Roberto Duran, The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBC
1980-11-25 Sugar Ray Leonard w rtd 8 (15) Roberto Duran, The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBC. Referee: Octavio Meyran. Helped by a large ring, Leonard (146) was a different man to the one who fought Duran (146) previously, being able to counter and move effectively against the champion despite visiting the ropes more than he would have wanted. Both men let their punches go and it appeared relatively even until the sixth when Leonard picked it up, boxing well behind the jab, and Duran began to land less frequently. The seventh was dramatic, as Leonard, hands down and swaying from side to side, taunted a bemused Duran and made him look foolish when winding up the right hand before snapping left jabs into his face. With Leonard now in control behind the jab in the eighth, following an exchange of blows Duran suddenly and inexplicably quit when walking back to his corner. Asked to fight on by the referee Duran said that he’d had enough, and at 2.44 of the session the fight came to an end. Later Duran would say that he had cramps in his stomach and arms, but the press did not believe him and the fight quickly became labelled as the ‘No Mas’ affair due to the way in which the champion retired himself.