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Alexis Argüello vs. Ray Mancini
(3 de Octubre de 1981)
Cortesía: coachstrout’s classic fights (English)
Alexis Arguello vs. Ray Mancini
1981-10-03: Alexis Arguello (29 años)(67-5-0-54KO’s) 135 lbs. le ganó a Ray Mancini (20 años)(20-0-0-15KO’s) 134 lbs. por TKO al 1:44 del 14 de 15 rounds.
Localidad: Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Referee: Tony Perez
Juez: Roberto Ramirez Sr (125-123)
Juez: Eva Shain (125-122)
Juez: Jose Mayorga (127-122)
World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight Title [(Título Ligero de la Comisión Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) 135 lbs.]
Bolsa: Watt – US$, Argüello – US$
Alexis Argüello [height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm | reach: 72″ / 183cm]
Ray Mancini [height: 5′ 4½″ / 164cm | reach: 65″ / 165cm]
- Alexis Arguello makes the first defense of his WBC Lightweight Championship against undefeated warrior Ray Mancini. Mancini gets the jump on Arguello, winning the first half of the fight on work rate. The champion comes back, however, and begins catching Mancini with flush shots in the seventh round. At the end of the twelfth, Mancini walks into a huge right hand that puts his knee on the canvas. Although he bounces back up and continues through a hard thirteenth round, Mancini gets dropped into the ropes by a pair of left hooks and a right hand in the fourteenth. The valiant Mancini again gets back to his feet, but Referee Tony Perez has already decided to stop the fight.
- The twenty-year-old Mancini entered the fight ranked No. 3 at lightweight by the WBC.
- More than 500 fans from Mancini’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, attended the fight.
- After ten rounds, one judge had Arguello ahead, one had Mancini ahead and the third had the fight even.
- Mancini was floored by a right at the end of the twelfth round.
- Arguello floored Mancini with another right in round fourteen as referee Tony Perez stepped in to stop the fight.
- This was Mancini’s first defeat after twenty consecutive wins.
- “This isn’t the end of the story. This is the standard first chapter. I’ll be back.”
- “It was the best fight so far this year, my friend,” Arguello said to Mancini after the fight. He then told the press, “I think my heart is special. But his heart is bigger than I have. … Someday this young man will be champion.” –Alexis Argüello
- Alexis Arguello vs. Ray Mancini (BoxRec)
- Boxing’s Official Record Keeper (BoxRec)
- Alexis Arguello Fights in the Vault (Eye on the ring)
- Alexis Argüello (Wikipedia)