Alexis Arguello

Birth Name: Born: Birthplace: Died: Hometown: Stance:  Height: Reach:
Andres Alexis Arguello Bohorquez 04-19-1952 Barrio Monseñor Lezcano, Managua, Nicaragua 07-01-2009 (Age: 57) Managua, Nicaragua Orthodox 5′ 10″   /   178cm 72″   /   183cm

Divisions: Featherweight, Super Featherweight, Lightweight

 

Overview

  • In his first world title fight, Arguello lost to WBA Featherweight Champion Ernesto Marcel by a fifteen-round unanimous decision on February 16, 1974.
    • Arguello stopped Ruben Olivares in thirteen rounds to win the WBA Featherweight Championship on November 23, 1974.
    • After four title defenses at featherweight, Arguello moved up in weight and won the WBC Super Featherweight Championship with a thirteenth-round TKO of Alfredo Escalera on January 28, 1978.
    • After eight title defenses at super featherweight, Arguello moved up in weight and won the WBC Lightweight Championship with a fifteen-round unanimous decision against Jim Watt on June 20, 1980.
    • After four title defenses at lightweight, Arguello moved up in weight and challenged Aaron Pryor for the WBA Junior Welterweight Championship on November 12, 1982. Arguello was attempting to become the first fighter to win world titles in four weight divisions. Pryor won by a fourteenth-round TKO.
    • The Ring Magazine named Pryor vs. Arguello "Fight of the Decade" and the eighth greatest title fight of all-time.
    • Arguello lost his rematch with Pryor by a tenth-round KO on September 9, 1983.
    • Arguello was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.
    • The Ring Magazine named Arguello the greatest junior lightweight of all-time in 1994.
    • The Ring Magazine named Arguello the eighth greatest featherweight of all-time and the twentieth best fighter of the last 80 years in 2002.
    • The Associated Press named Arguello the best junior lightweight and the sixth best lightweight of the twentieth century in 1999.
    • Arguello was the flag-bearer for Nicaragua at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
    • Arguello died on July 1, 2009 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.

 

Biography

Alexis Argüello (April 19, 1952 – July 1, 2009), also known by the ring name El Flaco Explosivo (lit. "The Explosive Thin Man"), was a Nicaraguan professional boxer and politician. As a boxer he was a three-time world champion, and has regularly been cited as one of the greatest fighters of his era, having never lost any of his world titles in the ring, instead relinquishing them each time in pursuit of titles in higher weight classes. His trainer was Daniel Lozano. After his retirement from boxing, Argüello became active in Nicaraguan politics and in November 2008 he was elected mayor of Managua, the nation's capital city. He died on July 1, 2009.

Arguello is ranked 20th on Ring magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all-time and was voted by the Associated Press in 1999 as the #1 junior lightweight of the 20th century.

Boxing Career

"The Explosive Thin Man" suffered an unavenged first round TKO loss in his 1968 professional debut, but then won 36 of his next 38 bouts, which then led him to a world Featherweight championship bout against experienced WBA champion Ernesto Marcel of Panama in Panama. The young challenger lost a 15-round unanimous decision in Marcel's retirement bout.

Undaunted, Argüello began another streak of wins, and found himself in the ring with a world champion again, this time challenging Marcel's successor to the throne, Mexican world champion Rubén Olivares in Los Angeles. After Olivares built a small lead on the judges' scorecards, Argüello and Olivares landed simultaneous left hooks in round thirteen. Olivares's left hand caused a visible pain expression on Argüello's face, but Argüello's left hand caused Olivares to crash hard against the canvas. A few seconds later, Argüello was the new Featherweight champion of the world.

Argüello successfully defended this title four times, then moved up in weight to challenge world Junior Lightweight champion Alfredo Escalera in BayamónPuerto Rico, in what has been nicknamed The Bloody Battle of Bayamon by many. Escalera had been a busy champion with ten defenses, and he had dethroned Kuniaki Shibata in 2 rounds in Tokyo. In what some experts (including The Ring writers) consider one of the most brutal fights in history, Escalera had his eye, mouth and nose broken early, but was rallying back in the scorecards when Argüello finished him, once again in the thirteenth round.

His reign at Junior Lightweight saw him fend off the challenges of Escalera in a rematch held at Rimini, Italy, as well as former and future world champion Bobby Chacon, future two time world champion Rafael "Bazooka" LimónRuben Castillo, future champion Rolando Navarrete, and Diego Alcalá, beaten in only one round.

Argüello suffered many cuts around his face during his second victory against Escalera. The on-site doctor wanted him hospitalized, but Argüello had a flight to catch from Rome the next day to return to Nicaragua, and he boarded a train from Rimini. The doctor decided to travel with Argüello, and performed plastic surgery on Argüello's cuts with Argüello awake.

After eight successful title defenses, Argüello then moved up in weight again, and this time he had to go to London, England, to challenge world Lightweight champion Jim Watt. Watt lasted fifteen rounds, but the judges gave Argüello a unanimous 15-round decision, thus making him only the sixth boxer to win world titles in 3 divisions, and the second Latin American (after Wilfred Benítez had become the first by beating Maurice Hope one month before) to do it. He had to face some less known challengers in this division, one exception being the famous prospect Ray Mancini (known as "Boom Boom" Mancini) who would later be the subject of a made for television movie. Mancini and Argüello engaged in a fight that was later showcased in a boxing video of the best fights of the 1980s, with Argüello prevailing by stoppage when he decked Mancini in round 14. This fight was referenced in the Warren Zevon song "Boom Boom Mancini".

Political Career

Argüello was actively involved in Nicaraguan politics with the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)--the same party against whom he took up arms in the 1980s—and in 2004 was elected vice-mayor of Managua. Amid accusations of vote-rigging Argüello narrowly won the mayoral election in Managua on November 9, 2008[10] elections against the candidate of the Constitutionalist Liberal PartyEduardo Montealegre, who had come second to Daniel Ortega in the 2006 presidential election. Argüello's margin of victory was narrow as he attained just 51.30% of the vote.

 

 

Links

Boxing Record: click
Judging Record: click

Sources: Boxrec.com / Wikipedia

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