Alexis Arguello vs Ruben Olivares WBA World featherweight title DUAL SIGNED black & white action shot 8" x 10" photo image.
23/11/1974, Forum, Inglewood, California.
Arguello W KO 13
Intense fight with both fighters landing plenty of leather. In the twelth round, Olivares lands a hard punch and Arguello stumbles back as if he was hurt. Either Arguello recovered quickly, or he played possum. Either way, Olivares went for broke trying to knock his man out. He spent every ounce of energy he had left trying to knock Arguello out, but was unsuccessful, and he was very burnt out. In the 13th, Arguello dropped Olivares with a short left-uppercut. Olivares got up, signaled he was ready to fight, and the fight continued. Shortly after, Olivares found himself pummeled, and then finished off by "El Flaco Explosivo" (Explosive Thin Man).
Alexis "El Flaco Explosivo" Arguello vs Ruben "El Puas" Olivares
Alexis Arguello grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. When the communist Sandinista regime took over after a bloody civil war in 1979, the governemt seized his property and bank account. One of his brothers was killed fighting against the Sandinistas. Arguello, who moved to Miami during his career, returned home and briefly fought on the side of the Contras.
From a boxing standpoint, his best fighting, though, was done in the ring. He met 14 World champions in his career. At 5-10, he was extremelly tall for a featherweight. His height and reach provided him the kind of leverage that resulted in punching power. He turned pro in 1968 and within six years earned a bout against Ernesto Marcel for the WBA featherweight title in Panama City. Arguello lost a decision but earned another title try against fellow Hall-of-Famer Ruben Olivares.
Arguello was trailing on points when he knocked Olivares out in the 13th round. After four title defences, he moved up and won his second title by knocking out WBC super featherweight champion Alfredo Escalara in 1978.
After six title defences, Arguello joined the 135-pound ranks. In 1981, he decioned Jim Watt to win the WBC lightweight crown and he became the sixth man in boxing history to win title in three weight divisions. After four title defences, Arguello sought yet another challenge.
His goal was to become boxing's first four-division champion when he squared off against WBA junior welterweight king Aaron Pryor. The warriors met before 23,800 fans at Miami's Orange Bowl in 1982. In a classic fight. Pryor scored a dramatic 14th-round knockout.
They met again one year later and Pryor stopped Arguello for a second time and Alexis announced his retirement. But like many fighters, he returned to the ring. He came back several times, winning one fight each in 1985, '86, and '95. In January of 1995, Arguello returned to action again, this time losing a decision to unknown Scott Walker.
In the proud tradition of boxing in Mexico, no champions are more celebrated than the country's bantamweight kings. A long and fabulous progression of 118-pound titleholders have emerged from Mexico and none was more popular than Ruben Olivares.
Olivares was a tremendous puncher. He scored knockouts in his first 22 fights and his best weapon was the left hook. When he knocked out Lionel Rose to win the bantamweight title in 1969, his record was 51-0-1 with 49 knockouts.
He lost his title to fellow countryman Chucho Castillo via TKO in the 14th round. A bad cut led to Olivares' undoing. However, Ruben regained the title in their third fight.
Olivares moved to the featherweight division and captured the vacant WBA title in 1974 with a seventh-round knockout of Zensuke Utagawa. His reign was brief. In his first defence, fellow Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello stopped him in 13.
In 1975, Olivares won the WBC featherweight crown by knocking out Bobby Chacon but again he wouldn't remain a champ for long. David Kotey decisioned him in his first title defence.
Olivares fought on but never won another title. He finally retired in 1981.