1983-09-09 Aaron Pryor w co 10 (15) Alexis Arguello, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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1983-09-09 Aaron Pryor w co 10 (15) Alexis Arguello, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Richard Steele. Dropped in the first by a crashing right over the top and by a left hook in the fourth, Arguello (139) somehow got through the mayhem to continue, but instead of boxing the champion he continually elected to punch it out with him. When Arguello boxed he did well, but Pryor (140) would not be denied. After taking everything that the former had to throw, which was considerable, he would merely grin and wave his rival in for more. By the tenth there was no doubt that Arguello was weakening from his exertions, and when Pryor charged in and nailed him with a series of sharp punches he’d had enough, sinking to the floor to be counted out with 1.12 of the session remaining. It had been another tremendous fight between the pair, but Pryor had once again proved too tough and too hard hitting for the legend that was Arguello.

Having earlier announced that they supported Pryor as champion, the USBA/I, renamed as the International Boxing Federation (IBF) in late October, stated that they would be supporting the aims of the current USBA champion, Johnny Bumphus. However, in January 1984, they changed their minds, again proclaiming Pryor, who had relinquished the WBA version of the title in December, as their champion after Bumphus and Lorenzo Garcia had been matched to contest the vacant WBA championship.