About Aaron Pryor Autographed Memorabilia & Collectibles
Aaron Pryor is a former boxer who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a former Junior Welterweight Champion. Pryor was also regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the weight class, industry experts say, and is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Pryor designated The Hawk, had a record of 204 wins and 16 losses in his entire amateur career. He won a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games, and partakes in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as an alternate.
Pryor, listed at 5 ft. 6 in. and 132 lbs., made his debut in the world of professional boxing on November 11, 1976, and was able to land a victory over Larry Smith. Pryor fought eight fights, winning every single one but two by knockout. The only two fighters who heard the closing bell versus Pryor that year were Jose Resto and Johnny Summerhayes. Following the match with Summerhayes, Pryor won 26 fights in a row by knockout, which is one of the longest knockout streaks in the boxing history. In 1978, Pryor won five fights and six fights in 1979. Though, during 1979, Pryor experienced an increase in level of competition and in his final match that year, he was pitted against Alfonso Fraser, Peppermint, of Panama, who lasted five rounds with Pryor. Following that match, Pryor entered the WBA rankings. Pryor kept on going up in the rankings for the first part of 1980. He beat Julio Valdez, Leonidas Asprilla and Carl Crowley prior to a world title bout was set up by the WBA, versus two time world champion Antonio Cervantes of Colombia at Cincinnati. Pryor was nailed in round one, but he got up and knocked out Cervantes in round four, becoming a world champion. Pryor was able to finish the year 1980 nailing Gaetan Hart to hold on to his WBA title.
In what promoter Bob Arum named The Battle of The Champions, Pryor defeated Alexis Arguello by a technical knockout in Round 14. The fight ignited controversy however, because Pryor's trainer, Panama Lewis, introduced a second water bottle which he described as "the bottle I mixed" following round 13, which leads to speculation that the bottle was tainted. It should also be noted that in Pryor-Arguello 2, there was no mixed bottle and Pryor still savagely beat Arguello particularly in the later rounds, according to sources. Following the fight, both Pryor and Arguello broadcast their retirement, with Pryor leaving the WBA crown vacant. In 1987 Pryor made a brief comeback, suffering his lone loss by a knockout in seven to Bobby Joe Young. In 1990 it was revealed that Pryor had been fighting with eye problems, and he was by no means allowed to box again forcing his retirement with a record of 39 wins, 35 via knockout and 1 loss. In 1996, Pryor was nominated to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.
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