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    CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 5, 2009 - - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Hall of Famers Alexis Arguello and Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will reunite in Canastota to celebrate the Hall of Fame’s  20th Anniversary set for June 11-14th.

In 1982 and 1983, the Hall of Famers met in two pitched battles for Pryor’s junior welterweight championship, with Pryor registering kayo wins in the 14th and 10th round respectively.  

“Arguello and Pryor engaged in one of boxing’s greatest ring rivalries,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “Boxing fans always enjoy recalling their two battles with them when they’re here in Canastota.”

A native of Managua, Nicaragua, Arguello held the featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight titles. Known as “The Explosive Thin Man,” Arguello compiled an 80-8 (64KOs) record that included wins over Ruben Olivares, Ray Mancini and Bobby Chacon. Arguello was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

Boxing out of Cincinnati, OH, Pryor reigned as junior welterweight champion from 1980 to 1985. Pryor's professional record reads 39-1 (35KOs) and includes wins over Gaetan Hart, Alfonso Frazer, Lennox Blackmoore and Hall of Famers Arguello and Antonio Cervantes. In 1996 he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, night of rising stars, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2009. In addition, other special activities will be implemented for the celebration, including a fireworks display.

New inductees to be honored are bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, junior lightweight champion Brian Mitchell, matchmaker / publicist / promoter Bob Goodman, promoter Akihiko Honda, journalist Hugh McIlvaney and broadcaster Larry Merchant. Posthumous inductees will also be honored.

An impressive lineup of boxing legends of yesterday and today are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.

For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 20th Annual Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095.

Hall of Fame Weekend June 11-14th