Former junior welterweight champion Aaroy Pryor dies at the age of 60

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Former junior welterweight champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor died Sunday at the age of 60. WCPO in Pryor’s hometown of Cincinnati reported Pryor succumbed after a battle with heart disease.

Pryor was one of the most vicious fighters of his time. He compiled a record of 39-1 with 35 knockouts and was best-known for his two epic title fights with Alexis Arguello in 1982 and 1983, won by Pryor by 14th-round technical knockout and 10th-round knockout, respectively.

Pryor was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. He fought from 1976-1990. He would have been 61 on Oct. 20.

Fellow all-time great Sugar Ray Leonard was sad to hear the news.

“I have great love, respect and admiration for my longtime friend,” Leonard told WCPO. “He will be greatly missed by so many.”

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