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Roberto Duran, 62, to Face Jorge Castro in September

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Fight legend Roberto Duran (103-16, 70 KOS) will step in the ring once again. His opponent will be 45 year old former WBA world champion Jorge "Locomotora" Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOS) of Argentina, according to FightNews.

The bout will take place September 7 at Luna Park in Buenos Aires. However, Duran vs Castro won't be a sanctioned pro fight - It will be a three round exhibition.

The historic match will serve as a farewell and tribute to Jorge Castro and give his fellow Argentinians a chance to cheer for him one last time.

The fight card will be headlined by former world title challenger Javier "The Beast" Maciel (26-2, 19 KOs) vs 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).

Rivals since the late 1990s, next month's Duran vs Castro "exhibition" will serve as their third encounter.

They first squared off in February 1997, in Mar del Plata, Argentina, with Castro winning a questionable ten round decision by the scores of 100–94, 99–96 and 99–98.  Four months later they fought again in Duran's native Panama and Roberto was awarded the verdict. The scores were 97-95 on all three cards.

Incidentally, their second fight took place in Panama City's Nuevo Panama Gym, which was later re-named the Roberto Duran Arena.

"I am very happy to be here and that this is the farewell that so many wanted," said Castro, according to FightNews.

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"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, (it's) 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." (Source: FightNews)

Castro, who hasn't fought since 2007, won the WBA Middleweight Title in 1995 by defeating Reggie Johnson via a split decision but lost his first title defense. He faced some big names throughout his career such as Terry Norris, Roy Jones, John David Jackson, Vassiliy Jirov, Paul Briggs and Juan Carlos Gomez.

Duran hasn't fought since 2001 and although former heavyweight Jack Johnson was believed to have fought exhibitions in his 60s, it's extremely rare for a fighter to compete, even in exhibitions, in that age demographic.

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