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RIP Aaron Pryor

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Post by hazharrison Sun 09 Oct 2016, 5:19 pm

One of the greatest fighters of all time. If you haven't seen it, his amateur bout with Tommy Hearns is better than most pro fights these days.

Truly a shame he never got the Leonard fight. Seems crazy that Pryor and Arguello are both gone.




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Post by TRUSSMAN66 Sun 09 Oct 2016, 5:53 pm

The Hawk was a great fighter.....Unfortunately his career was derailed by drugs and poor matchmaking...Never kicked on from Arguello and never got the money he deserved....I remember 140 in the 80s full of bland types like Costello and Bruce Curry....Needed to move up or attract Mancini to 140....

Pryor v Curry....or Pryor v McCrory might have been a huge fight...Mancini was mooted in 84...But Bramble put paid to that !!

Certainly a case of... what if...hangs over Pryor's career....Probably unfortunate to have the black bottle deprive him of well deserved kudos for Alexis 1...He was winning comfortably enough..

A great light welter though in an era when titles mattered..

RIP..


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Post by Atila Sun 09 Oct 2016, 7:18 pm

This a damn shame!

Pryor was one of my all time favourites.

On another thread I was saying it was a shame that he never got to fight Leonard. Favour Leonard but who really knows? Pryor was certainly good enough to pull of an upset.

What time is it? HAWK TIME!

R.I.P. Champ

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Post by milkyboy Sun 09 Oct 2016, 10:43 pm

Sad news, my favourite fighter of his day.

Yeh always touching when you see guys like arguello and Pryor batter the hell out of each other and then become genuine friends.

Arguello Pryor 1 is one of my favourite ever fights... It had a bit of everything between two great fighters at the top of their game.

As truss says his career stagnated after the arguello fights, a real shame but he was a terrific all action fighter and great value to watch. RIP.

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Post by Guest Mon 10 Oct 2016, 12:02 pm

From Daily Mail article

Pryor's win was marred, though, by questions about a bottle wrapped in black tape that his corner man raised to his lips on several occasions between rounds in the fight. Many in boxing thought it contained stimulants, but the corner man, Artie Curley, said it was peppermint schnapps.
"Gimme the bottle, the one I mixed"

Dear God what would you mix peppermint schnapps with?



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Post by superflyweight Mon 10 Oct 2016, 1:17 pm

I refer you to Adam's Appletini thread.

Adam D wrote:2 parts Apple schnapps or Apple sourz
1 part vodka
Apple juice

Works also replacing any Apple element with cherry or raspberry, henceforth know as cherrytini or raspberrytini accordingly.

Enjoy.

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Post by Guest Mon 10 Oct 2016, 1:39 pm

superflyweight wrote:I refer you to Adam's Appletini thread.

Adam D wrote:2 parts Apple schnapps or Apple sourz
1 part vodka
Apple juice

Works also replacing any Apple element with cherry or raspberry, henceforth know as cherrytini or raspberrytini accordingly.

Enjoy.
So Pryor was juiced up on Peppermintinis?

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Post by milkyboy Mon 10 Oct 2016, 1:40 pm

So if Panama Lewis had just said, 'pass the peppermintini', one of boxing's more controversial scandals could have been nipped in the bud.

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Post by 88Chris05 Mon 10 Oct 2016, 1:40 pm

Difficult for champions who won titles exclusively outside of the original eight weight classes to achieve or even get near to 'great' status, but Super-Featherweight and, fittingly, Light-Welter are the two exceptions and Pryor definitely deserves real consideration along with the likes of Ross, Chavez, Canzoneri and Locche as arguably the greatest 140 pounder of them all.

A shame that a combination of bad luck, shifting landscapes within the sport and a bit of indiscipline left us with a bit of a 'what if?' feeling with Pryor. He was probably never suited to a particularly long and prolific career at the very top but there could and really should have been more post-Arguello.

But in any case, what he did achieve in itself is still worthy of massive praise, even more so for the thrilling, whirlwind way that he did it in. As Ray Leonard said at ringside on the night, "If any one fight is sure to go down in history, it's Arguello-Pryor." One of the greatest fights of them all and one which showed that Pryor was more than just a durable volume puncher with power - he outboxed the great Alexis in quite a few rounds, too.

Hell of a fighter, and very sad news. R.I.P.
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Post by milkyboy Mon 10 Oct 2016, 1:42 pm

Dave, you're just too quick

... A line I'm sure you've heard before

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Post by Guest Mon 10 Oct 2016, 1:43 pm

milkyboy wrote:Dave, you're just too quick

... A line I'm sure you've heard before
Nah, I'm either asleep of halfway home by then.

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Post by milkyboy Mon 10 Oct 2016, 2:19 pm

DAVE667 wrote:
milkyboy wrote:Dave, you're just too quick

... A line I'm sure you've heard before
Nah, I'm either asleep of halfway home by then.

I guess it's win win... You're happy, and they can get out and pick up their next punter

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Post by Guest Mon 10 Oct 2016, 2:22 pm

milkyboy wrote:
DAVE667 wrote:
milkyboy wrote:Dave, you're just too quick

... A line I'm sure you've heard before
Nah, I'm either asleep of halfway home by then.

I guess it's win win... You're happy, and they can get out and pick up their next punter
The economy would struggle if I adopted a more selfish attitude

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Post by milkyboy Mon 10 Oct 2016, 2:55 pm

Well they are trying to tell us the best thing for the economy, currently, is an early exit.

Anyway RIP Aaron, apologies for disrespecting your respects.

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Post by Guest Mon 10 Oct 2016, 3:35 pm

Indeed Milky, anyway catchweight match-up...........Pryor vs Duran

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Post by ONETWOFOREVER Mon 10 Oct 2016, 5:48 pm

RIP to a great fighter.


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Post by hazharrison Mon 10 Oct 2016, 8:41 pm

Link to Hearns fight:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j6VYKnM-OeA

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Post by milkyboy Mon 10 Oct 2016, 10:18 pm

Tommy was a lanky streak of p*ss as a welterweight, so i'm not sure how best to describe as a teenage lightweight. Lankier and streaker I guess. Could still fight though.

Not a bad set of lightweights the US had to choose from for the  Montreal Olympics... To think Howard Davis beat them both and then won the best fighter at the games... In a team with Leonard and Mike Spinks.

Davis and Pryor both gone in the last year, very sad.

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Post by hazharrison Tue 11 Oct 2016, 2:54 am

Remarkable how he went from almost slapping with the right hand here to knocking down walls with it.

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Post by AdamT Tue 11 Oct 2016, 10:29 am

hazharrison wrote:Link to Hearns fight:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j6VYKnM-OeA

cheers for that! Great fight!

Felt like I was watching Ali v Frazier minus 90lbs!!

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