Beloved Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello

Beloved Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Arguello

by Christian Giudice


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Boxing lost a true warrior and gentleman of the ring when the mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, Alexis Argüello, died in 2009. To millions in Nicaragua and around the world, Argüello was an iconic figure, a willing role model, and a shining light in a nation that places its sports figures on pedestals. Beloved Warrior explores the extraordinary rise, fall, and rebirth of this great fighter.

With a career that began in 1968 in Managua, Argüello overcame early losses, including a knockout in his debut. He went on to win three world titles, relinquishing them only by moving up in weight class. While boxing until 1995 and reaping luxury and fame, Argüello never forgot his people. Using his skills and power, "El Flaco Explosivo" (The Explosive Thin Man) earned his lofty status as one of the most celebrated Latin American boxers ever. 

While Argüello's devotion to the sport cannot be challenged, questions about the man still remain. How did he rise from the streets of Managua to become one of the greatest fighters in the world? What happened to him after he fought Aaron Pryor, whom many considered the greatest 140-pounder in history? How was he affected by his time spent fighting against the Sandinistas? And finally, what is the story behind his mysterious death less than eight months after he won Managua's mayoral election? Despite Argüello’s notorious losses to Pryor, his remarkable career as an unforgettable fighter lives on in his fans’ memories. As Christian Giudice illustrates, Argüello’s status as a hero both in and out of the ring will forever remain intact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597977098
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 03/31/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Christian Giudice currently teaches English in Charlotte, North Carolina, and writes for the boxing site He has been published in South Jersey sports magazines and international boxing digests. The author of Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran (2009), Giudice is from Haddonfield, New Jersey.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xiii

Round 1 Birth of a Champion 1

Round 2 Early Bouts: 1968-1974 11

Round 3 A Second Father 19

Round 4 Campeón! 33

Round 5 King's Reign 47

Round 6 Movin' on Up 67

Round 7 A Country Lost 85

Round 8 Defending a Title 91

Round 9 Arguello Joins Boxing's Elite 113

Round 10 What Time Is It? Hawk Time! 149

Round 11 The Rematch 167

Round 12 Downfall 183

Round 13 The Struggle 199

Round 14 Good-bye, Champ 215

Round 15 Remembering a Hero 231

Appendix: Arguello's Boxing Record 241

Sources 243

About the Author 247

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