Roberto Duran in ‘very good spirits’ as boxing legend recovers from coronavirus scare in hospital

BOXING legend Roberto Duran is “on his way to recovery” after being hospitalised with coronavirus.

It was revealed last week that the 69-year-old Panamanian had been struck down by the virus.

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 Roberto Duran is in hospital fighting against coronavirus

Roberto Duran is in hospital fighting against coronavirus

 The Panamanian is one of boxing's greatest ever fighters

The Panamanian is one of boxing’s greatest ever fighters

Duran’s son, Robin, broke the news on his Instagram page saying: “Test results have just arrived for my dad, and they confirm he is positive for Covid-19.

“Thank God for now he doesn’t have symptoms beyond a cold.

“He is not in intensive care nor on a respirator, just under observation.

“We’ll be passing on more information over the days.”

 Duran is a four-weight former world champion

Duran is a four-weight former world championCredit: AFP or licensors

Now the family have released a photo of the four-weight world champ from his hospital bed through the World Boxing Council’s Instagram page.

They wrote: “The Duran family asked The WBC to notify the entire boxing community that our great champion, Roberto Duran, is in very good spirits and on his way to recovery!⁣”

The news of Duran’s plight comes as his home nation of Panama set a new record for daily cases of Covid-19.

His son decided to take his father to hospital as a precaution due to one of his lungs not functioning properly following a car crash in Argentina back in 2001.

That accident led to the iconic fighter to finally retire from the ring after a stunning career that spanned over three decades.

Duran, who fought professionally from 1968 to 2001 and had an astonishing pro record of 103-16, enjoys legendary status in Panama and Latin America.

Official trailer for I am Duran which tells the story of World Champion boxer Roberto Durán, featuring Mike Tyson

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