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ROBERTO DURAN vs. SUGAR RAY LEONARD (3) Facsimile 

Description : Here we have an original ONSITE Budweiser official fight sponsors poster from the MIRAGE Las Vegas, for the 3rd fight that has Facsimile signatures of Roberto Duran & Sugar Ray Leonard. You could only obtain this poster from the Mirage Resort Casino. This fabulous poster was designed/painted by the late, great world famous sports artist Leroy Neiman, he captured the tempo of battle from that historic night in Montreal.

On December 7, 1989, Leonard defended his new Super/middleweight title against Roberto Duran, who was the reigning WBC Middleweight Champion. Duran was guaranteed $7.6 million and Leonard's arrangement guaranteed him over $13 million.

The fight took place at the new Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Leonard used constant lateral movement and won by a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision over a listless Duran. The scores were 120-110, 119-109, and 116-111. In a fight that many considered to be very boring, both fighters were booed often by the fans and many left the arena before the decision was announced. Pat Putnam of Sports Illustrated wrote, "Leonard gave them artistic perfection when they wanted heated battle, and they booed lustily. Most fight fans would not spend a dime to watch Van Gogh paint Sunflowers, but they would fill Yankee Stadium to see him cut off his ear." Although Leonard dominated the fight, he suffered several cuts. His lower lip was cut from a headbutt in the fourth round, his left eye was cut in the eleventh round, and his right eye was cut in the twelfth round. The cuts required a total of sixty stitches.

This authentic facsimile dual signed Roberto Duran & Sugar Ray Leonard Budweiser fight sponsors poster by Leroy Neiman could only be obtained from the Mirage Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

Postage: £10.00 UK Postage... £20.00 International registered.

Condition : Excellent/minor handling wear/framed 4 display purposes only!
Size : 19.25in x 36.25in
Price : £200.00
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