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    Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    The Antonio Cervantes of 1973, when he made 5 successful defenses, defeating Locche and stopping Frazer in 5, against the Arguello who took Pryor to the limit in 1982.

    15 rounds: who wins, and why?

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    Personally

    I think this is an excellent matchup.

    I would tend to think Cervantes but am waffling a bit on this.

    Slick Defensive masters like Locche and Benitez, caused Cervantes issues (I take a Pryor over a Prime Cervantes, but in a tougher bout), but at the same time, those were the styles that would present Arguello issues.

    Alexis's power was still quite formidible at 140. I think the two match up quite well here.

    Cervantes by a shade in a very competitive bout.

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    Arguello. Once he nails Cervantes, it's lights out. Will take 10 rounds, maybe more.

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    Quote Originally Posted by SigniferSanctusMichael
    The Antonio Cervantes of 1973, when he made 5 successful defenses, defeating Locche and stopping Frazer in 5, against the Arguello who took Pryor to the limit in 1982.

    15 rounds: who wins, and why?
    Before I commit, anyone know how these two compare physically? Height, reach, etc?

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    Quote Originally Posted by SigniferSanctusMichael
    The Antonio Cervantes of 1973, when he made 5 successful defenses, defeating Locche and stopping Frazer in 5, against the Arguello who took Pryor to the limit in 1982.

    15 rounds: who wins, and why?

    I'd go with Arguello, either by a 15 round decision or late stoppage sometime between 13-15.

    I also would have liked to have seen Duran vs Cervantes at 140 before Roberto moved up to 147.

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    Quote Originally Posted by Elwill7847
    I'd go with Arguello, either by a 15 round decision or late stoppage sometime between 13-15.

    I also would have liked to have seen Duran vs Cervantes at 140 before Roberto moved up to 147.
    I suggest Duran would have killed Cervantes, in the figurative sense.

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    I think Cervantes is being sold a little short here - as though it had been the Cervantes who lost to Pryor, rather than the fighter who beat Locche.

    I may be mistaken, but I suspect Cervantes might well thwart Arguello in a very close fight that goes the full 15.

    In response to Surf-Bat's query, both men stood 5'10''. I know Cervantes had a long reach but don't know precisely what it was. Arguello's was 72 inches.

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    I'm not selling Cervantes short, and I think he could shade Alex in a very competitive matchup.

    Hawk

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    Hawk,

    Sorry, I noticed your post and wasn't referring to that, but rather to the only other ones expressing an opinion, which seemed to imply a much easier bout for Alexis than I envisage. They might be right, of course; I just think they're underrating Pambele a bit.

    Regards,

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    Re: Prime Cervantes vs the Arguello of Pryor-Arguello I

    Quote Originally Posted by SigniferSanctusMichael
    Hawk,

    Sorry, I noticed your post and wasn't referring to that, but rather to the only other ones expressing an opinion, which seemed to imply a much easier bout for Alexis than I envisage. They might be right, of course; I just think they're underrating Pambele a bit.

    Regards,

    Sig.
    I agree with you. Pambele was a great fighter and would have given ANY fighter in history from 135-140 a bad night.

    I feel that the rangy Cervantes' quicker hands and longer, faster jab would make the difference. Arguello was a dangerous hitter, but every time he missed(and Pambele could make you miss a lot) he would be met with those deadly, slashing counters. I see him cutting and lumping up Alexis badly in winning a close decision. He may hit the deck once or twice, though!

    Pambele had the height, reach and tools to give Duran hell as well(Duran wins though).

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