Roberto Duran vs. Esteban De Jesus (1st meeting)

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De Jesus lands a right against Duran

1972-11-17 : Roberto Duran 137½ lbs lost to Esteban De Jesus 138 lbs by UD in round 10 of 10

"The crowd of almost 10,000 had hardly calmed down from the introductions when Esteban DeJesus smashed lightweight champion Roberto Duran with a left hook, depositing Roberto on the seat of his pants in their non-title 10-rounder. Roberto never was able to shake off the effects of that left hook and DeJesus was in solid control of the fight throughout. Esteban's combinations, highlighted by his left hook, kept Duran off-balance and unsure of himself, although Roberto did land a few solid whacks himself. However, his punches lacked steam and he never did get an opportunity to launch into his street-fighting style. In fact, only in the 8th round, when a right to the eye made DeJesus clinch, did Roberto seem to be going anywhere." - World Boxing, March 1973

Unofficial scorecards (all for DeJesus)

  • World Boxing: 6-2-2
  • UPI: 7-2-1
  • AP: 5-4-1