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Comebacks Not for All Old Fighters: Arguello, 43, Loses

<i> Associated Press</i>

Alexis Arguello’s mind was willing, but his reflexes acted their age.

Arguello, looking much like the 43-year-old fighter he is, took a detour on his comeback road Saturday night by dropping a unanimous 10-round decision to Scott Walker.

The former three-time champion simply didn’t have the reflexes to fight a shifty 25-year-old opponent, who landed punches in flurries while taking only one or two at a time in return.

Against a fighter who had gone 10 rounds only one time before, Arguello lost most of the early rounds before rallying in the 10th round to hurt his younger opponent.

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Arguello, 142, earned $20,000 for the fight, which he planned as the first of a series of bouts that would culminate in a title shot by the end of the year. He has fought only twice since 1986. He said he broke his left hand in the fourth round.

“He was a great fighter; I remember watching him as a kid,” Walker said. “He’s still a good fighter but he’s not what he used to be.”


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