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