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Ex-Contender Arrested in Slaying

August 21, 2000

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Richard Duran, who lost title bouts in 1993 and 1994, is accused of beating a man to death outside a bar.

Artemio Cabrera, 36, was beaten to death Aug. 13 after he tried to stop a brawl in a Sacramento bar’s parking lot, police said.

Duran turned himself in after friends told him police were looking for him. He is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento County Superior Court. Prosecutors on Monday did not specify the charge.

A second man was taken into custody but later released.

After training in Las Vegas for the last few years, Duran, 34, returned to Sacramento last summer to train with his stepfather.

``He’s just one of those kids that you hate to love,″ said Jim Anderson, his former manager. ``He’s just such a lovable kid when he’s in sync. But when he’s out of sync, he’s out there.″

Duran’s boxing career included a try for the 1988 Olympic team.

In 1993, he lost the IBF junior featherweight championship to Kennedy McKinney on a unanimous 12-round decision.

That loss was repeated the next year when the 122-pound fighter lost the World Boxing Council super bantamweight title to Tracy Patterson, also on a unanimous 12-round decision.

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