Boxing legend’s secret grappling during championship matches
Roberto Duran is a boxing legend.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Duran was a versatile brawler and hard hitting fighter which earned him the nickname, “Manos de Piedra”, “Hands of Stone”, for his devastating power.
He is a four-weight world champion, having held titles at lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight, as well as reigns as the undisputed and lineal lightweight champion and the lineal welterweight champion. He is also the second boxer to have competed over the span of five decades, the first being Jack Johnson.
But was he simply a boxer or was there something else going on that may have aided in his boxing greatness?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art combat system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo through Carlos and Helio Gracie as well as other instructors specifically for street self-defense and to prove that size and strength are not everything. Years later it is still being utilized by nearly every mixed martial artist on every level.
Helio Gracie was often described as small and frail which immediately put him at a major disadvantage when it came to combat sports so if he wanted to be competitive he had to figure something out. What he figured out revolutionized martial arts and is beautiful in its simplicity: technique and leverage will overcome nearly any size and strength advantage.
Could it be that Duran utilized some non-boxing techniques and leverage tactics to overcome disadvantages that may or may not have aided in him winning multiple world titles?
Check out the video to find out!
Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…