Alexis Arguello, Wilfred Benitez and Eder Jofre Latino legends and Hall Of Famers MULTI SIGNED Ring Magazine, edition June 1976.
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.
This Puerto Rican prodigy was a stylish boxer with sneaky punching power. He turned pro at the age of 15 and proclaimed himself "The Bible of Boxing" because of his technical superiority in the ring.
At 17 years and six months, he became the youngest fighter in boxing history to win a world title when he was awarded a split decision over WBA junior welterweight champion Antonio Cervantes.
Benitez made three title defenses before climbing in weight and beating WBC welterweight champion Carlos Palomino in 1979. Shortly after that victory, a bout between the two best young fighters in the world was signed. Benitez would meet Sugar Ray Leonard
The affair was a fistic chess match as the young welterweights matched speed and artistry. After Leonard dropped Benitez at the start of the 15th and final round, the referee moved in and stopped the contest.
Benitez was not discouraged and simply moved up in weight again and captured his third title by stopping Maurice Hope for the WBC super welterweight crown. At the time, he was only the seventh man in boxing history to win three titles in three weight classes.
Benitez made title defences against Carlos Santos and Roberto Duran before Thomas Hearns ended his reign. In another brilliant fight, Hearns earned the title and a majority decision by outslicking Benitez over 15 rounds.
Benitez retired in 1990.
Eder Jofre (Sao Paulo), Brazil native is regarded as one of the greatest Latin fighters ever. After representing his country at the 1956 Olympics -- he lost in the quarterfinals -- he turned pro in 1957 on his 21st birthday.
He blazed past his first 37 opponents en route to a world title fight; three draws blemished an otherwise perfect record. On November 18, 1960, he scored a six-round kayo over Eloy Sanchez in Los Angeles to win the vacant NBA world bantamweight crown. Four months later, he TKO'd Piero Rollo in Round 10 to win world recognition.
He defended the title seven times before losing it, May 17, 1965 to former bantamweight champ Fighting Harada via 15-round decision in Nagoya, Japan. It was Jofre's first loss since the Olympics. Harada again got the nod over 15 rounds in a June 1966 rematch in Tokyo, and Jofre retired. He was 30.
Three years later he returned and ran off 14 consecutive wins before winning the WBC featherweight crown on May 5, 1973 from Jose Legra via 15-round decision in Brasilia, Brazil.
He defended the title once, a fourth-round kayo of Vicente Saldivar that October. Although stripped of the crown for inactivity in 1974, he won seven more non-title fights before retiring for good in 1976. He is one of the few champions to never have been knocked out.