Aaron Pryor, a true super-lightweight great, died earlier today (October 9) at the age of 60.
The former WBA and IBF super-lightweight champion passed away after a long battle with heart disease.
“Aaron was known around the world as ‘The Hawk’ and delighted millions of fans with his aggressive and crowd-pleasing boxing style,” widow Frankie Pryor said. “But to our family, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.”
Pryor held a version of the 140lb title from 1980 to 1985.
He was perhaps best known for his two unforgettable fights with Alexis Arguello, the first of which is considered one of the greatest of all time.
He suffered with substance abuse towards the end of his career though upon retirement strived to encourage people to steer clear of drugs.
Pryor’s son, Aaron Pryor Jr., and local restaurateur Buddy LaRosa, who managed Pryor during his professional career, plan to speak about Pryor’s life and death Monday at the Over the Rhine Boxing Center.
Pryor also is survived by his son Antwan Harris, daughter Elizabeth Wagner and grandsons Adam, Austin and Aaron Pryor III.