1980-11-25 Sugar Ray Leonard w rtd 8 (15) Roberto Duran, The Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - WBC

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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 regardless of him visiting the ropes more than he would have wanted. Despite both men letting their punches go it appeared relatively even until the sixth when Leonard picked it up, boxing well behind the jab, while 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, following an exchange of blows in the eighth 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 when the press did not believe him the fight quickly became labelled as the ‘No Mas’ affair due to the way in which the champion retired himself.