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Alexis Arguello

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  • Nickname: The Thin Man
  • Date of Birth: 19th April 1952
  • Died: 1st July 2009 (57 years old)
  • Career length: 26 years 2 months
  • Status: Deceased
  • Nationality: Nicaragua Flag Nicaragua
  • Birthplace: Managua, Nicaragua Flag Managua, Nicaragua
  • Residence: Managua, Nicaragua Flag Managua, Nicaragua
  • Division: Super Featherweight
  • Height: 178cm
  • Reach: 183cm
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • BoxRec: Alexis Arguello
  • Debut: 26th October 1968

Biography

Alexis Argüello was a legendary Nicaraguan professional boxer who achieved remarkable success in the ring and later became a prominent politician in his home country. Born on April 19, 1952, in Managua, Nicaragua, Argüello grew up in poverty and had a troubled childhood. He began his boxing career at a young age and quickly made a name for himself with his exceptional skills and punching power.

Throughout his professional career, from 1968 to 1995, Argüello won world titles in three different weight classes. He held the WBA featherweight title from 1974 to 1976, the WBC super featherweight title from 1978 to 1980, and the WBC lightweight title from 1981 to 1982. Argüello was known for his fierce competitiveness and never lost any world titles in the ring, instead vacating them to pursue titles in higher weight classes.

One of Argüello's most famous fights was against Aaron Pryor in 1982, known as "The Battle of the Champions." Although Argüello lost the fight by a 14th-round stoppage, the bout was marred by controversy due to speculation that Pryor's trainer had given him a tainted water bottle during the match.

Argüello retired from boxing with an impressive record of 82 wins, 8 losses, and 65 knockouts. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of his era and one of the best from Latin America. The Ring magazine ranked him the 20th greatest puncher of all time, and the Associated Press named him the best junior lightweight of the 20th century.

After retiring from boxing, Argüello became involved in Nicaraguan politics. He joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) and was elected vice-mayor of Managua in 2004. In 2008, he was elected mayor of Managua in a closely contested election.

Tragically, on July 1, 2009, Argüello died from a gunshot wound to the heart in Managua. The official report stated that his death was a suicide. Still, there were accusations and suspicions that he may have been killed due to his growing disillusionment with the Sandinista government and his plans to leave the political party.

Alexis Argüello's legacy extends beyond his achievements in the boxing ring. He is remembered as a national hero in Nicaragua and an inspiration to many aspiring boxers. His contributions to the sport and his country will never be forgotten, and he remains an iconic figure in the history of boxing and Latin American sports.