By Gabriel F. Cordero
45-year-old former WBA world champion Jorge “Locomotora” Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOS) will face 62-year-old Panamanian Hall of Famer Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran (103-16, 70 KOS) at Luna Park in Buenos Aires on September 7 in a three round exhibition match which will be their third encounter in their personal rivalry.
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 is meant to be a farewell and tribute to Castro, one of the greatest Argentine boxing idols.
The event is organized by Argentina Boxing Promotions headed Mario Margossian and will be headlined by 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).