Arguello, Alexis


Arguello, Alexis

▪ Nicaraguan boxer
born April 19, 1952, Managua, Nicaragua

      Nicaraguan professional boxer who was world featherweight, junior-lightweight, and lightweight champion between 1974 and 1982.

      Arguello, who became a professional fighter in 1968, fought only in his homeland until 1974, when he went to Panama to seek the World Boxing Association's featherweight title. Arguello lost this match in a 15-round decision to Ernesto Marcel. Later that year, however, he claimed the WBA title by virtue of his 13th-round knockout of Ruben Olivares (Olivares, Ruben). After four successful title defenses at featherweight, Arguello moved up to junior-lightweight and knocked out Alfredo Escalera in the 13th round of their 1978 match to gain the World Boxing Council's (WBC's) championship title in that division.

      At the peak of Arguello's boxing career, political issues in Nicaragua came to a head. In 1979 civil war in Nicaragua culminated in the overthrow of the Somoza family, and the Sandinista regime took over the country; Arguello's property and bank account were seized. One of his brothers was killed fighting the Sandinistas, and Arguello, who was living in the United States, went to Nicaragua and fought briefly on the side of the Contras.

      He returned to the United States to continue his boxing career and, after eight junior-lightweight title defenses, moved up to the next weight division; by defeating Jim Watt on a 15-round decision in 1981, he became WBC lightweight champion. Following four victories by knockout in 1981 and 1982, matches with his title on the line, Arguello next tried to win the WBA's version of the junior-welterweight title, but he failed, losing championship matches by knockout to Aaron Pryor in 1982 and again in 1983. Arguello retired after the second Pryor fight but came back several times for brief periods, finally quitting boxing for good in 1985. In 88 bouts he compiled a record of 80 victories (64 by knockout) and 8 losses. Arguello retired to Nicaragua but had difficulty in adapting to life outside the ring. He battled both depression and drug addiction after his career ended. Arguello was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastoa, New York, in 1992.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Alexis Argüello — Nombre Andrés Alexis Argüello Bohórquez Nacimiento 19 de abril de 1952 Managua …   Wikipedia Español

  • Alexis Arguello — Fiche d’identité Nom complet Alexis Arguello Surnom El Flaco Explosivo Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Alexis Argüello — Alexis Arguello Alexis Arguello Fiche d’identité Nom complet Alexis Arguello Surnom El Flaco Explosivo Nationali …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Alexis Arguello — Alexis Argüello [[Datei:|200px]] Daten Geburtsname Alexis Argüello Kampfname(n) {{{ringname}}} Gewichtsklasse Super …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alexis Argüello — Alexis The Explosive Thin Man Argüello (born April 19, 1952 in in Managua, Nicaragua), is a former professional Nicaraguan boxer and three time World champion. Pro career The Explosive Thin Man suffered an unavenged first round TKO loss in his… …   Wikipedia

  • Alexis Argüello — Daten Geburtsname Alexis Argüello Gewichtsklasse Superfedergewicht Nationalität Nicaraguanisch Geburtstag …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alexis (Vorname) — Alexis ist ein männlicher und weiblicher Vorname. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Bedeutung und Herkunft 2 Namenstag 3 Namensträger (Auswahl) 4 Siehe auch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Argüello — ist der Name folgender Personen: Alexis Argüello (1952–2009), nicaraguanischer Boxer und Politiker Kiko Argüello (* 1939), spanischer Kunstmaler Martín Vassallo Argüello (* 1980), argentinischer Tennisprofi Diese Seite ist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alexis — es el nombre de las siguientes personalidades: Científicos Alexis Carrel, biólogo, médico y escritor francés, premio Nobel de Medicina en 1912. Alexis Claude Clairault, matemático francés. Deportistas Alexis Argüello, boxeador nicaragüense.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Liste der Biografien/Ar — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.