A press conference was held in Argentina to announce the clash of legends between 45-year-old former world champion Jorge “Locomotora” Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOS) and the incomparable 62-year-old Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran, in what will be the rubber match of their trilogy on September 7 at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an event presented by Mario Margossian/Argentina Boxing Promotions and Full Box. Duran was not present, but Castro spoke about the fight.
“I am very happy to be here and that this is the farewell that so many wanted. Every boxer wants to leave the sport in a place where they have fought all the big names, like at Luna Park, and we are doing that. And if that were not enough, with someone big like ‘Hands of Stone” Duran!
“I never walked away completely. I’m always stayed in shape physically, even sparring with some kids, but obviously less than before. It’s going to be a party. I hope that people will be happy with what I did in my career and I really want to enjoy the entire event. I have no doubt that will be a unique night.”
Their first bout was in February 1997 in Mar del Plata, Argentina and Castro won a controversial ten round decision. The second fight, in June 1997, was won by Duran via decision over 10 rounds in the Nuevo Panama Gym, which today is named the Roberto Duran Arena. The match will be a three-rounder.
The event will also include former world title challenger Javier “The Beast” Maciel (26-2, 19 KOs) against Alejandro “El Flaco” Falliga (23-9-4, 10 KOs) and IBF female super flyweight world champion Deborah “The Gurisa” Dionicius (13-0, 4 KOs) against Olga “La Monita” Julio (15-14-1, 10 KOs).