The Life And Legacy Of Roberto Duran Is Explored In “I Am Duran”

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The new doc chronicles one of boxing’s most beloved and controversial athletes.

Roberto Duran is one of the most iconic figures in boxing.

He was the lightweight juggernaut of the 1980’s whose life of poverty was turned around through his gifts as a pugilist.

Now Universal Pictures has produced the upcoming documentary, I AM DURÁN, which chronicles the life of the Panamanian boxing legend and how his rise in fame paralleled the political struggles of his country.

The film features interviews with Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, former Panama President Manuel Noriega, boxing icons Mike Tyson and Oscar de La Hoya, as well as Durán’s ultimate rival, Sugar Ray Leonard.

The film also dives into how promoters Don King and Bob Arum shaped the promoter driven boxing landscape as heated rivals who fought each other while also forcing each other to up their games.

The rise, fall, and phoenix like reemergence of Durán is comparable to the history of his native Panama. The country was a pawn in violent regional and international politics. Under the regime of Manuel Noriega, Panama needed a hero and Duran was there to assume the mantle.

Per the release:

“Roberto Durán’s impact transcended boxing and politics. Born a fighter, his success inside the ring transformed him into an icon. However, it was his flaws and failures outside the ring that made him a hero. I AM DURAN explores the impact of a fighter still influencing boxing to this day.”

“I am Durán” will be available by digital download starting on Tuesday, June 4th.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.