​November 25, 1980: Sugar Ray Leonard Defeats Roberto Duran 

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In a rematch, Sugar Ray Leonard defeated Roberto Duran to win the welterweight championship. The matched ended in the eighth round when Duran quit the match and told the referee “No mas.” Duran had complained of stomach cramps earlier in the match.

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán II, also known as the No Más Fight, is one of the most famous fights in boxing history. Taking place at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, it was the second of three bouts between the pair. It gained its famous appellation in the end of the eighth round when Durán turned away from Leonard, towards the referee and quit by saying “No más” (Spanish for “No more”). 

THE FIGHT: 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 8th round, Durán turned his back to Leonard and quit, waving his glove and 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.

Read more about the aftermath of the fight at:Daily Black History Facts

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