LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 1, 2009) – BOB ARUM, CEO of Top Rank, issued the following statement after hearing the news on the passing of three-division world champion and 1992 International Boxing Hall of Fame member ALEXIS ARGUELLO:

“We at Top Rank are very saddened to learn about the death of Alexis Arguello.  Alexis was one of the world's greatest fighters and champions. More importantly, he was a real man, a true gentleman and a loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.”

From the International Boxing Hall of Fame: “A native of Managua, Nicaragua, Arguello held the featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight titles. Known as “The Explosive Thin Man,” Arguello was a brilliant offensive fighter and a master tactician. He compiled an 82-8 (65KOs) record that includes wins over Jose Legra, Art Hafey, Alfredo Escalera, Rafael Limon, Ruben Castillo, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Jim Watt, Ruben Olivares, Ray Mancini and Bobby Chacon. In 1982 and 1983, he engaged in two pitched battles for fellow Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor’s junior welterweight championship, with Pryor registering kayo wins in the 14th and 10th round respectively.  He retired in 1986, but returned to the ring for two fights in 1994 and 1995 before hanging up the gloves. In 2008, Arguello was elected mayor of Managua.”