Alexis Arguello vs Aaron Pryor I WBA light welterweight World title DUAL SIGNED action shot 8" x 10" photo, 12th November 1982, Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida.
Pryor W TKO 14
* Pryor had signed to face Sugar Ray Leonard in the fall of 1982 for the Undisputed World Welterweight Championship, but Leonard suffered a detached retina and retired, paving the way for Pryor vs Arguello.
* Arguello was attempting become the first boxer to win titles in four different weight divisions.
* Arguello was a 12-5 favourite.
* Pryor's purse was $1.6 million, while Arguello's was $1.5 million.
* Arguello suffered a cut over his left eye in round six.
* The infamous "black bottle" fight, in which Pryor's trainer, Panama Lewis, was recorded after the 13th round asking for a bottle of liquid, "the one I mixed", to be given to Pryor before the 14th round. Adding to the controversy, the Miami Boxing Commission failed to administer a post-fight urine test.
* Ranked #8 in The 100 Greatest Title Fights of All-Time by Ring Magazine in 1996.
Aaron Pryor vs Alexis Arguello 1 - Rds 12 13 14 & Postfight
Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor considered among the greatest junior welterweight champions of all-time, Aaron Pryor secured his place in boxing history with a pair of knockout victories over fellow Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello.
Pryor earned the nickname "The Hawk" for the ferocious manner in which he devastated his opponents. In his 25th fight he challenged Antonio Cervantes for the WBA junior welterweight title. He rose from the canvas in the first round to stop Cervantes in the fourth round and captured the World title. He made five title defences, each a knockout before meeting Arguello.
The first Pryor-Arguello fight was held at the Orange Bowl in Miami and was so fierce and dramatic that it was named "Fight of the Year."
Drug addiction cut Pryor's brilliant career short. He later tried to make several comeback attempts but eye injuries forced him into permanent retirement.
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 defenses, he moved up and won his second title by knocking out WBC super featherweight champion Alfredo Escalara in 1978.
After six title defenses, 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 defenses, 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.