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|Leonard vs. Duran (Part 2)
Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran II, also known as the No Más Fight, is one of the most famous fights in boxing history. It took place on November 25, 1980 at the Louisiana Super Dome in New Orleans, United States and was the second of three bouts between the pair. It gained its famous name from the moment at the end of the eighth round when Durán turned away from Leonard towards the referee and quit by apparently saying, "No más" (Spanish for "No more").
Their first fight took place on June 20, 1980 in Montreal. Leonard was defending the wBC Welterweight Championship for the second time. Durán was the WBC #1 welterweight contender.
Leonard abandoned his usual slick boxing style and stood flat-footed with Durán. Leonard, angry with Durán over his numerous insults, wanted to beat Durán at his own game. The tactic resulted in a great fight but a losing effort for Leonard. Durán won by unanimous decision. The scores were 148–147, 145–144, and 146–144.
The rematch took place November 25, 1980 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Leonard used his superior speed and movement to outbox and befuddle Durán. "The whole fight, I was moving, I was moving," Leonard said. "And Voom! I snapped his head back with a jab. Voom! I snapped it back again. He tried to get me against the ropes, I'd pivot, spin off and Pow! Come under with a punch."
In Round 7, Leonard started to taunt Durán. Leonard's most memorable punch came late in the round. Winding up his right hand, as if to throw a bolo punch, Leonard snapped out a left jab and caught Durán flush in the face.
In the closing seconds of the eighth round, Durán turned his back to Leonard and quit, waving his glove and apparently saying to referee Octavio Meyran, "No más" ("No more" in Spanish). Leonard was the winner by a technical knockout at 2:44 of Round 8, regaining the WBC Welterweight Championship. Leonard led by a small margin of 68–66, 68–66, and 67–66 on the judges scorecards at the time of the TKO.
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