ALEXIS ARGUELLO ON ANDY GANIGAN: “HARDEST I’VE EVER BEEN HIT” VIDEO

April 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

FULL ALEXIS ARGUELLO-ANDY GANIGAN FIGHT FROM CBS TV

San Francisco, CA- Sitting ringside at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, the chick I was with, the former Maria Ramirez, dumped Coca Cola and popcorn on me when Alexis Arguello got knocked down. One of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport, Arguello said that although he was dropped by Ganigan, the hardest he had ever been hit in his life, Aaron Pryor included, was from Andy Ganigan in round three. This takes you back to a time when a $50 ticket was the best seat in the house! Both men are dead as Andy died in 2011 from an unprovoked attack and Arguello, suicide or murder, died in 2009.

FIGHT POSTER AND YOUR COMMENTS

Here is the official fight poster for the May 1982 fight that was the last fight for Alexis before he would lose to Pryor in November of that year. Ganigan, one of the hardest punchers ‘pound for pound’ so says Ring Magazine, had recently knocked out Sean O’Grady in two rounds.

COMMENTS

  1. Ganigan was one of my favorite fighters. Being of partial Asian heritage, I kind of identified with him. My own Japanese, maternal grandparents were born in Hawaii.

    When I first read about Ganigan, he had just gotten knocked out by Johnny Lira in an upset. Shortly after, he was kayoed by Robert Vasquez. I was lead to the impression that he was purely a puncher. In Spring of ’81, I watched him lose a razor-close decision to Rodolfo “Gato” Gonzalez who had just knocked-out Vilomar Fernandez in 2 rounds. Nobody had ever done this to Fernandez, not even Duran or Arguello. However, I was impressed by Ganigan’s overall boxing skills against Gonzalez.

    Of course, he was a huge puncher. That left cross was absolutely lethal. O’Grady looked like he was shot with a rifle when Ganigan dropped him.

    Ganigan’s biggest liability was his chin, and his propensity to mix it up unnecessarily. I remember discussing the Ganigan-O’Grady with “Tiger” Charley Smith, boxing trainer at Newman’s Gym. Charley expressed his disgust that neither Ganigan or O’Grady used their boxing skills. The fact of the matter was that both guys could box quite adequately when they chose to.

    I was really pulling for Ganigan against Arguello, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on April 4th, 2013 at 12:27 PM

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