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Camacho decisions Duran

Bout featured 2 old guys who clutched more than punched

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DENVER — It wasn't so much a fight for the ages as of the ages.

In a bout that seemed to feature as much clutching as punching Hector Camacho used a steady mix of right jabs to set up his left hook in a unanimous 12-round decision over 50-year-old Roberto Duran on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old Camacho received winning scores of 114-112, 118-108 and 118-108 to improve to 75-4. He captured the fringe National Boxing Association title Duran carried into the ring.

The fight, billed as "When Legends Collide," could be the last for Duran, a Panamanian known for his "Hands of Stone." Since 1967, he has fought at least once every year except 1985, and his 104-16 record spans five decades.

Unlike the first bout won by Camacho in 12 rounds in 1996, this one was not close as Camacho, a former WBC super featherweight and lightweight champion, dictated the pace from the start.

A flurry of punches would inevitably be followed by clinching in the center of the ring, drawing boos midway through the fight from the crowd of about 4,500 at the 19,000-seat Pepsi Center.

The entrances contained more drama and showmanship than the actual fight as Camacho was carried to the ring on a platform while wearing a red-white-and-blue Indian headdress and feathered cape.

Duran took a more traditional entrance, walking to the ring in a velvet purple robe with gold trim.

Neither fighter staggered the other at any point, but Camacho clearly landed solid blows with more consistency in front of a partisan Duran crowd that tried to inspire the former world champ by chanting his name.

Duran, fighting at 162 pounds, was a lightweight champion from 1972 until 1980 and won a piece of the welterweight title by outpointing Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980. He then lost the rematch when he quit in the eighth round of the "No Mas" fight that year.

He refused to retire and later won pieces of the super welterweight and middleweight titles.

Camacho, fighting at 159 pounds, appears to have more punches left in him. He looked bored at times and won for the 16th time in 17 fights since his last match with Duran.

On the undercard, veteran welterweight Oba Carr of Detroit outpointed Norberto Sandoval of Mexico in a unanimous 10-round decision.

Carr, who has lost title bouts to Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad, was cut below his right eye midway through the fight but was the runaway winner and improved to 53-4 in his 11-year career.

In the night's first bout, Demetrius Hopkins — whose uncle is IBF-WBC middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins — improved to 8-0 when he stopped overmatched Abdul Blackburn 1:34 into the third round.

Bernard Hopkins caused a stir last week when he grabbed a miniature Puerto Rican flag and threw it to the floor during a news conference promoting his Sept. 15 fight against Felix Trinidad Jr.