Junior welterweight great Aaron Pryor dies at age 60

Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, has died.

Pryor’s family issued a statement saying the 60-year-old boxer died Sunday at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease.

Known as “The Hawk,” Pryor was a crowd favorite who fought with a frenetic style, rarely if ever taking a step backward. His fights in the early 1980s with Arguello , the great Nicaraguan champion, were both classics that are still talked about in boxing circles.

But Pryor was a troubled champion, and his career would unravel because of an addiction to cocaine.

Pryor’s widow, Frankie Pryor, said her husband — who would later speak out about the evils of drugs — was a great father and grandfather.