Alexis Arguello vs Royal Kobayashi – Highlights (Arguello KNOCKS OUT Kobayashi)


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October 12th, 1975. Nicaraguan legend Alexis Arguello aka “El Flaco Explosivo” makes the 3rd defense of his WBA World Featherweight Championship against hard hitting Japanese contender Kazuo “Royal” Kobayashi, who just turned 26 year old 2 days before.

Prefight records; Arguello 40(33)-4, Kobayashi 18(16)-0.

This is Kobayashi’s 1st world title opportunity and the 1st (and only) fight for Arguello in Japan.

In February 1974, Arguello challenged reigning WBA World Featherweight Champion; Panamanian veteran Ernesto Marcel in his 1st world title bout. In spite of a spirited performance, he fell short and lost via UD15.

It was Marcel’s 4th defense of the WBA Crown and also his final pro fight as he retired after the win.

Arguello rebound from the lost with 4 consecutive victories to earn his 2nd crack at the WBA Title in November of the same year and this time, he scored an impressive KO13 over the legendary Ruben Olivares to become the new WBA World Featherweight Champion.

He successfully defended his title twice in March & May 1975. For his 3rd defense, the undefeated Royal Kobayashi was next in line.

Going into the fight, Arguello had beaten notable opponents in Art Hafey, José Legrá, Leonel Hernandez, Rigoberto Riasco & Ruben Olivares.

On the other hand, Kobayashi had wins over Bert Nabalatan & Zensuke Utagawa.

From the start, Arguello largely dominated the gutsy albeit inexperienced Kobayashi en route to a 5th round stoppage via body blows. While Kobayashi was overwhelmed for the most part, he managed to land with a couple of shots time after time particularly when he pinned Arguello on the ropes. But somehow, the Explosive Thin Man proved to be too much for young Japanese challenger.

After this bout, Arguello went on to achieve a legendary career and became the Greatest Nicaraguan Fighter of All Time. He was Triple Crown World Champion at Featherweight, Super Featherweight & Lightweight where he racked up victories over top oppositions such as Alfredo Escalera (2x), Andy Ganigan, Bobby Chacon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Jim Watt, Jose Luis Ramirez, Rafael Limon, Ray Mancini, Rolando Navarrete, Ruben Castillo & Vilomar Fernandez.

In retirement, he trained and mentored P4P Great Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez who is arguably the 2nd Greatest Nicaraguan Fighter of All Time. Just as his mentor, Gonzalez had beaten a long list of top oppositions such as Brian Villoria, Carlos Cuadras, Edgar Sosa, Francisco Rodriguez Jr, Francisco Rosas, Juan Francisco Estrada, Katsunari Takayama, Manuel Vargas, McWilliams Arroyo, Moises Fuentes, Ramon Garcia Hirales, Rocky Fuentes & Yutaka Niida.

Chocolatito Gonzalez also surpassed Arguello in terms of divisional world titles as he won world titles in 4 weight classes; Minimumweight, Light Flyweight, Flyweight & Super Flyweight.

Enjoy this simple highlight of one of Arguello’s successful world title defense, while I work on finishing the highlights of Alexis Arguello vs Aaron Pryor aka “The Battle of the Champions”.

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