Former boxing champion Roberto Duran has been seriously injured in a car accident in Buenos Aires, a hospital spokesman said Thursday.
The 50-year-old native of Panama suffered a collapsed lung and several broken ribs when the car he was riding in crashed shortly after midnight. Duran was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
Two Argentinian reporters, Oscar Ruiz Dias and Luis Gimenez were more seriously injured, while Duran's 27-year-old son, Roberto, Jr., escaped with minor injuries.
Ruiz Diaz was reportedly in a coma with internal bleeding, while Gimenez broke several ribs.
Gimenez, who also serves as Duran's representative in Argentina, was reportedly behind the wheel when the car crashed into another vehicle, sending both into a retaining wall. The driver of the other car sustained only minor injuries, according to police.
Alcohol was possibly a factor, although there has been no confirmation that either driver was impaired.
Duran was in Argentina to promote a Caribbean music album and was planning to stay until the Nov. 10 celebrations marking Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona's retirement.
Duran, on the other hand, has always been reluctant to retire from boxing after being one of the greatest boxers of the 1970s and 1980s. The first of his four world titles came in 1972, when Duran defeated Ken Buchanan for the WBA lightweight crown.
His most celebrated win came against Sugar Ray Leonard in a 1980 welterweight bout, followed swiftly by his most crushing defeat, when Duran said, "No mas," in the eighth round of his rematch with Leonard.
Duran later won two other titles and has since fought at least once every year since 1967 with the exception of 1985.
His latest fight - a loss to Hector Camacho - dropped his career record to 104-16.