Aaron Pryor vs Antonio Cervantes – Highlights (Pryor Becomes World Champion)


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August 2nd, 1980. Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor takes on Antonio Cervantes aka “Kid Pambele” as Cervantes looks to defend his WBA Junior Welterweight title for the 7th time. This is Cervantes’ second reign of the WBA strap; he had won the same title back in 1972, stopping Alfonso “Peppermint” Frazer in the 10th round.

This is a highly exciting fight, as in many of Pryor’s fights due to his famous aggression and non stop punching; forcing the masterful technician into a fast paced battle that favors Pryor in spite of an early knockdown by Cervantes.

Antonio Cervantes was a long reigning Junior Welterweight champion who held the WBA title twice; the first reign from 1972 to 1975, and the second reign from 1977 to 1980. Cervantes had a combined total of 16 successful title defenses during his two reigns before facing The Hawk.

Kid Pambele’s pro career lasted 19 years; 1964 to 1983. During his long career, he fought in 21 world title fights with notable victories over Alfonso Frazer, Hector Thompson, Pedro Adigue Jr, Ray Chavez Guerrero, Carlos Maria Gimenez (2x), Miguel Montilla (2x), Saoul Mamby, Chang Kil Lee, Shinichi Kadota, Esteban De Jesus, and Nicolino Locche. Cervantes retired with a final record of 91-12-3.

Aaron Pryor made his professional debut in 1976, and went on a four year winning streak with a record of 24-0 with 22 knockouts. His most notable win was against Alfonso Frazer (whom Cervantes beat to become Junior Welterweight champion for the first time).

After this win, Aaron Pryor would remain undefeated until 1985; making 8 successful title defenses and winning the IBF Super Lightweight title with one successful title defense. His most memorable win was his first fight with the great Alexis Arguello in which he stopped the Nicaraguan legend in the 14th round but controversies arise as Panama Lewis infamously gave Pryor the “black bottle” to drink before the round, and it seemingly gave Pryor renewed vigor and strength as he stops Arguello in just about a minute in the 14th round.

Further controversies surrounded the fight as the Miami Boxing Commission failed to administer a post fight drug test. However, Pryor and Arguello had a rematch in 1983 and there were no controversies this time as Pryor dominated the fight en route to stopping Arguello in the 10th round.

Pryor retired after several short lived retirements and comebacks throughout his career from 1976 to 1990. His final record stands at 39(35)-1. He had notables win over Gary Hinton, Akio Kameda, Sang-Hyun Kim, Nick Furlano, Miguel Montilla, Alfonso Ferrat, Antonio Cervantes and Alexis Arguello (2x). His lone less was to Bobby Joe Young in in 1987, in a rather bizarre fashion.

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