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Aaron Pryor, one of the greatest junior welterweights of all times, is one of Boxing’s living legends.
Starting a brilliant amateur career in Cincinnati, Ohio, “The Hawk” took flight from the moment he stepped into the ring. Two time National Golden Gloves Champion, in 1975 and 1976, Pryor went on to become a member of the 1975 Pan-American Team and a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. Pryor set his sights on professional boxing after compiling an amateur record of 220 wins and only 16 losses.
Just as he dominated his field an an amateur, Pryor quickly made his mark in the pro ring. As a young, hungry fighter he took on the undisputed Jr. Welterweight Champion, Antonio Cervantes, and won the WBA title belt. In the 1980’s Pryor went on to defend his title eleven times, stacking up an impressive 40-1 record. The historic bouts with Alexis Arguello in 1982 (named The Ring Magazine’s fight of the decade) and the 1983 re-match truly established Aaron Pryor as one of the greatest champions in history.
Today, Aaron Pryor devotes his time and energy to the sport and community that supported him throughout his career. As a deacon at New Friendship Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pryor has the opportunity to share his life experiences and offer hope to those suffering from the disease of addiction. Just as in his championship reign, Pryor is still in the gym each day. This time you will find him training today’s young boxing hopefuls and quite possibly tomorrow’s world champs.