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HANDS OF STONE, BELLY OF JELLY
Pat Putnam
February 15, 1988
Unlike cheese and wine, prizefighters, even the great champions, do not get zestier with advancing age. Joe Louis, who was hammered by Rocky Marciano at 37, and Muhammad Ali, who at 38 suffered a similar fate at the hands of Larry Holmes, proved that you can't shave away the years with an old blade. And recently Holmes, himself now 38, was destroyed in less than four rounds by 21-year-old Mike Tyson. Now approaching the same fate is Roberto Duran, perhaps the greatest lightweight champion ever, but at 36 carrying too many years and too many pounds.
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February 15, 1988

Hands Of Stone, Belly Of Jelly

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Duran may not be counting his losses, but he ought to be worried about he kind of counting that a referee does. Over him.

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