History | Nov 12 2019

On This Day: Aaron Pryor defeats Alexis Arguello in brutal and controversial encounter

On November 12, 1982 Aaron Pryor survived a torrid war to eventually break the great Alexis Arguello
Aaron Pryor

THE favourite was curled up on the ropes in the midst of a terrible barrage when South African referee Stanley Christodoulou intervened. Alexis Arguello slumped to the canvas while an elated Aaron Pryor celebrated.

Has a big win ever meant as much to a fighter?

Pryor had been starved of blockbuster fights, failing to land matches with the likes of Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns. But Arguello, who had ambitions of his own in becoming a four-weight world champion – the first time that would have been achieved in history – stepped up to the plate.


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