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Camacho denies Duran

July 15, 2001

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— It wasn't so much a fight for the ages as of the ages.

In a bout that seemed to feature as much clutching as punching, Hector Camacho used a steady mix of right jabs to set up his left hook in a unanimous 12-round decision over 50-year-old Roberto Duran on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old Camacho received winning scores of 114-112, 118-108 and 118-108 to improve to 75-4. He captured the fringe National Boxing Association title Duran carried into the ring.

The fight, billed as "When Legends Collide," could be the last for Duran, a Panamanian known for his "Hands of Stone." Since 1967, he has fought at least once every year except 1985, and his 104-16 record spans five decades.

Unlike the first bout won by Camacho in 12 rounds in 1996, this one was not close as Camacho, a former WBC super featherweight and lightweight champion, dictated the pace from the start.

A flurry of punches would inevitably be followed by clinching in the center of the ring, drawing boos midway through the fight from the crowd of about 4,500 at the 19,000-seat Pepsi Center.

Neither fighter staggered the other at any point, but Camacho clearly landed solid blows with more consistency in front of a partisan Duran crowd that tried to inspire the former world champ by chanting his name.

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