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Duran Fights Saturday

Katherine Dunn
Nevada Lifts Suspension on Hands of Stone--Duran Fights Saturday

On Aug. 10,  Dr. Flip Homansky of the Nevada Athletic Commission formally removed the name of Roberto Duran from the National Suspension List. Nevada placed Duran on the list in 1998 following his KO by William Joppy.
The suspension listing stated that Duran must have a complete neurological examination and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test approved by Dr.

  Homansky wrote that Duran's name should be removed from the suspension list because he had taken both the MRI and a complete neurological exam.

Duran remained on the list while he fought twice outside the U.S. since the suspension. The Yakama Nation Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington
booked Duran to fight in the U.S. for the first time since his loss to Joppy. The 49 year-old former champion will headline a pro fight card on Saturday, Aug. 12, in a scheduled ten round main event against 30 year-old P.J. Goossen, who is coming out of retirement  for the occasion.

The Yakama Tribal Boxing Commission also required Duran to take and pass
an electro encephalograph (EEG), and an EKG to check the health of his heart in addition to the tests requested by Nevada. Duran also passed the licensing physical, and blood tests for HIV and hepatitis as well as the drug screening.

The Duran-Goossen main event tops a six-bout card at the Legends Casino.

Also on this card --a ten round Women's International Boxing Federation Americas title bout at 126 lbs, Kelsey Jeffries (7-1) of Gilroy, CA  meets Cynthia Prouder (5-7) now fighting out of Freddie Roach's Wildcard Boxing
Gym in Los Angeles.

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