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Nicaragua pays tribute to Alexis Argüello on the 10th anniversary of his death

Nicaragua pays tribute to Alexis Argüello on the 10th anniversary of his death

The Government of Nicaragua and the Mayor’s Office of Managua commemorated the tenth anniversary of the death of three-time world boxing champion Alexis Argüello, who was mayor of the Nicaraguan capital when, according to authorities, he took his own life.

The country’s president, Daniel Ortega, granted the “Alexis Argüello” order to retired baseball player Roberto Espino and basketball player Noel McKenzie, winner of the gold medal at the Central American Games in Panama 2010.

Also posthumously to the “guerrilla commander” William Ramírez, a prominent promoter of Nicaraguan sports, and whose order was received by one of his sons, Aureliano Ramírez.

«Here are your champions, fighters for peace, always fighting for peace. Long live Alexis Argüello! Long live Alexis Argüello, Long live Alexis Argüello! “Exclaimed the president, who praised the personality of the deceased boxer.

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The authorities honored Argüello with floral offerings, a mass, and a solemn session of the Managua Municipal Council.

The tributes by Argüello were attended as special guests by the Mexicans Rubén «Púas» Olivares and Federico Enríquez, special envoys of Mauricio Sulaimán, president of the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Also present were former Nicaraguan champions Román “Chocolatito” González, Rosendo “El Búfalo” Álvarez and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga.

According to investigations by the Nicaraguan Police, the boxer committed suicide in the early morning of July 1, 2009 by shooting himself in the chest with a 9-millimeter pistol at his residence, 12 kilometers south of Managua.

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Argüello’s eldest sons have from the beginning expressed their doubts that the former mayor of Managua committed suicide, and have never participated in official events in honor of the three-time world boxing champion.

Argüello, also known as the «Caballero del Ring» and the «Flaco Explosivo», is considered the best athlete in the history of Nicaragua, and a popular and spontaneous character, both in his boxing and political days.

The three-time world champion left a mark of 82 won fights, 65 by “knockout” and 8 losses and saw his fourth world title frustrated in 1982, against the American Aaron Pryor, in the category of 140 pounds (63 kilos). EFE

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