Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello (1st meeting)

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Arguello lands a right against Pryor

1982-11-12 : Alexis Arguello 138½ lbs lost to Aaron Pryor 140 lbs by TKO at 1:06 in round 14 of 15

  • WBA Light Welterweight Title (Pryor's 6th defense)


  • Pryor had signed to face Sugar Ray Leonard in the fall of 1982 for the Undisputed World Welterweight Championship, but Leonard suffered a detached retina and retired, paving the way for Pryor vs. Arguello. [1]
  • Arguello was attempting become the first boxer to win world titles in four weight divisions.
  • Arguello was a 12-5 favorite.
  • Pryor's purse was $1.6 million, while Arguello's was $1.5 million.
  • Arguello suffered a cut over his left eye in round six.
  • The infamous "black bottle" fight, in which Pryor's trainer, Panama Lewis, was recorded between rounds 13 and 14 asking for a bottle of liquid ("the one I mixed"). Adding to the controversy, the Miami Boxing Commission failed to administer a post-fight urine test.
  • Ranked #8 in The 100 Greatest Title Fights of All-Time by Ring Magazine in 1996.