Boxing legend, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor (39-1, 35 KOs) has passed away at the age of 60.
According to the AP, the relentless Junior Welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, died Sunday at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease.
Pryor was voted by the Associated Press as the No. 1 Junior Welterweight of the 20th century in 1999.
He had an impressive amateur career, which included numerous national titles and finished with a record of 204-16.
Pryor’s most legendary battle in the ring as a professional was his first fight against Nicaraguan great, Alexis Arguello.
Their first fight took place on November 12, 1982, and left an indelible impression on the 23,000-plus crowd that watched it live, as well as the millions of boxing fans who have experienced it since.
As soon as the news of Pryor’s passing was released, many boxing writers and fighters took to Twitter to express their condolences.
My friend and hero of millions of Fight fans has left us! Aaron Pryor RIP Champion and you will be missed. Love you
— Sugar Ray Leonard (@SugarRayLeonard) October 9, 2016
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) October 9, 2016
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) October 9, 2016
In March of 2003, HBO commemorated the legendary first fight between Pryor and Arguello with Legendary Nights: The Tale of Pryor vs. Arguello.
Watch the HBO special–split into three YouTube videos–below.
Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC. Alex can be reached at Alex@RoundByRoundBoxing.com.