Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died.
Pryor's family issued a statement saying the 60-year-old boxer died Sunday at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease.
Known as "The Hawk," Pryor was a crowd favorite who fought with a frenetic style, rarely if ever taking a step backward. His fights in the early 1980s with Arguello , the great Nicaraguan champion, were both classics that are still talked about in boxing circles.
But Pryor was a troubled champion, and his career would unravel because of an addiction to cocaine.
Pryor's widow, Frankie Pryor, said her husband who would later speak out about the evils of drugs was a great father and grandfather.