The young Duran would spar with experienced boxers at the Neco de le Guardia gym, and by the age of 13 was competing as an amateur notching a an impressive 13 wins to 3 record. By age 16 Duran turned pro and began a thunderous career in the ring that spanned five decades winning five world titles across four weight divisions battling the likes Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvellous Marvin Haggler and Thomas 'The Hitman Hearns. By the time of his retirement at age 50 Duran had fought in 119 matches of which he won 103, 70 of them by knockout. His fighting tactics and powerful punches earned him the moniker 'Manos de Piedra' - Hands of Stone, and was the title of 2016 biopic starring Edgar Ramierz and Robert De Niro.
Director Mat Hodgson is no stranger to charting the life and times of boxing's most prominent fighters with 2013's 'Night of the Fight; Hatton's Last Stand', in which he followed Ricky Hatton's journey of redemption back to the ring. In 'I Am Duran' Hodgson follows the turbulent life of Roberto Duran and his battles to get away from the streets of El Chorrillo to become one of boxing's most acclaimed fighters. The film features interviews with the man himself as well as former opponents Marvin Haggler and Sugar Ray Leonard, and fighters Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, Lennox Lewis, boxer/promoter Oscar De La Hoya, and movie stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro.
'I Am Duran' will be punching its way to Blu Ray, DVD and Digital Download on 28th October.