July 1, 2009

Report: Alexis Arguello shot to death

Former junior lightweight boxing champion Alexis Arguello has died from a gunshot wound to the chest at his Nicaraguan home, the La Prensa newspaper said.

Arguello, 57, was elected the mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, in 2008.

Nicaraguan presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo confirmed his death, but no other details were available.

Arguello retired from boxing in 1995 after he was knocked out by Aaron Pryor in their second title bout.

Before he retired for good, he made several comebacks and finished with a record of 82-8, including 65 knockouts.

Arguello carried the flag for Nicaragua at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and his overwhelming popularity in his native country led to his decision to seek public office.

The Explosive Thin Man was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992, won the voting for the best junior lightweight and sixth-best lightweight of the 20th century.

He was only the sixth boxer to win titles in three weight classes.