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Roberto Duran delights fans at ‘packed’ meet and greet in Romford

PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:12 24 April 2017

Romford's Town Crier gets up close and personal with Roberto Duran.

Romford's Town Crier gets up close and personal with Roberto Duran.

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A boxing legend came to Romford on Saturday and proved to be a real knockout with shoppers.

Roberto stayed an extra hour to keep the scores of fans happy.Roberto stayed an extra hour to keep the scores of fans happy.

Panamanian Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran attended Worldwide Signings, in Romford Shopping Hall, to meet fans and sign autographs.

The man voted as The Ring Magazine’s fifth greatest boxer of all time certainly didn’t disappoint fans as he stayed for an extra hour than scheduled and was even given a cheeky peck on the cheek from Tony Appleton, the Romford Town Crier.

Worldwide Signings owner Andy Brace was delighted with the occasion and to meet one of his biggest heroes.

“It was brilliant,” said Andy. “The store was packed. Duran was supposed to be there for two hours but he stayed for three!

Store owner Andy Brace with Duran.Store owner Andy Brace with Duran.

“He was absolutely manic but fantastic company for everybody, he had time for everybody and he was laughing and joking with everyone.

“I’ve had some of the biggest names in boxing here but Duran was a real coup for me and at my age I can remember all his fights.”

Roberto’s in-ring career spanned more than five decades and he is widely regarded as the best lightweight boxer of the 20th century.

With a professional record of 119 fights and 103 wins, with 70 of them by knockout, Roberto has one of the best resumes in the sport although he is still widely remembered for the infamous “No mas” incident when he forfeited in the middle of his title match against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980.

Roberto retired in 2002 at the age of 50.


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