History | Apr 19 2018

On This Day: The great Alexis Arguello was born

Daniel Herbert profiles Nicaraguan legend Alexis Arguello
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THE great Alexis Arguello was such a class act both in and out of the ring that it came as a huge shock when he took his own life in 2009. But then problems in everyday life can overwhelm even the greatest of fighters – and the Nicaraguan was definitely one of those.

Many will remember him for his two defeats by Aaron Pryor in light-welterweight title battles, but one could argue that those came when he was already past his best. By the time of the first Pryor fight in November 1982 he had turned 30 and had already held world titles at feather, super-feather and lightweight.

At his best the man from Managua was a superb technician with a vicious punch in either hand.