A man is sentenced to six years in prison for robbing former Panamanian boxer Durán

A Man was convictedlast Tuesday, sentenced to six years in prison in Panama for robbing the house Former Panamanian boxing world champion Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duránreported official sources.

Judge Meylin Jaén “confirmed the sentencing agreement agreed between the prosecution and the defense and sentenced a 60-year-old citizen to 72 months in prison” for grand theft, the justice department said in a statement.

According to the prosecutor’s office, on the morning of April 7, Miguel Ángel Vargas López entered the house of 72-year-old Durán after breaking the window.

Inside, the convict grabbed “several valuable items” but was surprised by the victim, who alerted his relatives and they managed to detain the thief, the prosecutor said.

“Hands made of stone” Durán, a former boxing world champion in several categories, is considered a national hero in Panama.

His residence in the bohemian neighborhood of El Cangrejo in Panama City is known to many Panamanians who sometimes come there to see their idol.

Old photos of the boxer hang on the facade of his house and there are always several cars outside, including a classic Rolls-Royce.

Durán was world champion in various categories, including lightweight, which he won twelve times. As a professional boxer, he took part in 119 fights between the ages of 16 and 50, of which he won 103 and lost 16.

He was knocked unconscious four times and left 70 of his rivals sleeping on the canvas, earning him the nickname “Hands of Stone.”

Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz brought Durán’s life to the screen in 2016 with the film “Hands of Stone,” which starred his compatriot Édgar Ramírez in the role of the Panamanian boxer and Robert De Niro.

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