Alexis was one of my all time favorite boxers. Pound for pound he was the baddest man on the planet in his prime. He was always the nice guy in a brutal sport. I will have to go find my tapes of his two fights with Aaron Pryor.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Alexis Arguello, who fought in one of boxing's most classic brawls and reigned supreme at 130 pounds, was found dead at his home early Wednesday.
Presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo confirmed Arguello's death and an autopsy was pending. The La Prensa newspaper reported Arguello — elected mayor of Managua last year — was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The 57-year-old Arguello retired in 1995 with a record of 82-8 with 65 knockouts and was a champion in three weight divisions. He was perhaps best known for two thrilling battles with Aaron Pryor and fights with Ray Mancini, Bobby Chacon and Ruben Olivares. "Alexis was one of the greatest fighters and world champions, but more importantly, he was a real man, true gentleman and loyal friend," Bob Arum, who promoted many of his fights, told The Associated Press. "He will be greatly missed."