Boxing legend Roberto Duran to visit Wellingborough

Former boxing legend and World Champion Roberto Duran will be visiting Wellingborough's Sports Frame Gallery in a few weeks time to meet fans & sign autographs.
Former boxing legend and World Champion Roberto Duran will be visiting Wellingborough's Sports Frame Gallery in a few weeks time to meet fans & sign autographs.
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Former boxing World Champion Roberto Duran will be coming to Wellingborough this month.

The Panamanian boxing star will be visiting a sports memorabilia gallery, as part of a number of events to celebrate 50 years of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Holding a framed pair of Duran's trunks is Gallery owner Adam Cascoigne (left) and sales/marketing manager James Wright.

Holding a framed pair of Duran's trunks is Gallery owner Adam Cascoigne (left) and sales/marketing manager James Wright.

Sales and marketing manager James Wright of Sportsframe Limited, who will be hosting the event, said: “This is a massive coup for us.

“To have someone like this coming to Wellingborough is a massive boost to the town. He is a boxing legend.

“We had Sugar Ray Leonard come to us in September and we had people travelling all the way from Aberdeen.”

Duran will be visiting the Sportsframe gallery on the Embankment, Wellingborough, on Saturday, November 24, between midday and 2pm and entrance is free.

The brawler will be available for professional photo shoots and autograph opportunities, costing between £40 and £45.

Unique second and third generation WBC belts, the same Duran wore, will also be available on the day for photo shoots.

The boxer is attending the gallery to open an exhibition dedicated to celebrating 50 years of the WBC, which will run for two weeks at Sportsframe.

WBC merchandise will be for sale as well as other unique pieces of memorabilia, including the belts which the boxers would have contested for in the ring.

Duran is said to be one of the all-time greats after becoming world champion in four different weight categories between 1972 and 1989.

The boxer from Panama amassed 70 knockouts in 103 fights, in a career which spanned more than 30 years.