Box­ing great Aaron Pryor, who bat­tled Ar­guello, dies at 60

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Aaron Pryor, the re­lent­less ju­nior wel­ter­weight who fought two mem­o­rable bouts with Alexis Ar­guello, died Sun­day. He was 60.

Pryor’s fam­ily is­sued a state­ment say­ing the boxer died at his home in Cincin­nati af­ter a long bat­tle with heart dis­ease.

Known as “The Hawk,” Pryor was a crowd fa­vorite who fought with a fre­netic style, rarely if ever tak­ing a step back­ward. His fights in the early 1980s with Ar­guello , the great Nicaraguan cham­pion, were both clas­sics that are still talked about in box­ing cir­cles.

But Pryor was a trou­bled cham­pion, and his ca­reer would un­ravel be­cause of an ad­dic­tion to co­caine. “He was very un­ortho­dox and could throw punches from all kinds of an­gles with great hand speed,” said former As­so­ci­ated Press box­ing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. “He was a great fighter, it’s too bad he didn’t have more fights.”

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