Aaron Pryor Net Worth: Wife, Death, Relationships, and Career

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Aaron Pryor, also known as “The Hawk,” was an American professional boxer who is best known for his two knockout victories against Alexis Arguello, both in defense of the WBA junior welterweight crown.

He was ranked as the #1 Junior Welterweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press.

Aaron Pryor Net Worth
NameAARON “The Hawk” PRYOR
Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеAARON PRYOR
GеndеrMALE
Age60 (at the time of death)
Віrth DаtеOCTOBER 20, 1955
Віrth РlасеCINCINNATI, OHIO
NаtіоnаlіtуAMERICAN
AARON PRYOR Net Worth in 202210 MILLION DOLLARS

Biography and fights

Aaron Pryor, also known as “The Hawk,” was an American professional boxer who is best known for his two knockout victories against Alexis Arguello, both in defense of the WBA junior welterweight crown.

He was ranked as the #1 Junior Welterweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press.

Pryor was born on October 20, 1955, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

In 1973, he won the National Amateur Athletic Union Lightweight Championship. 

In 1975, Aaron won the National AAU Lightweight Championship.

The boxer finished his amateur career having fought for 220 times, with a record of 204 wins and 16 losses.

In 1976, he turned professional.

In 1980, Pryor defeated Antonio Cervantes in 4 rounds to win the WBA junior welterweight championship.

On November 22, 1980, Aaron made his first title defense by knocking out Gaetan Hart in the 6th round. He earned $100,000 for the fight.

In the follow-up year, he knocked out Lennox Blackmore in the 2nd round.

Alexis Argüello

In 1982, Pryor fought with Alexis Argüello, a Nicaraguan professional boxer. The Ring magazine has ranked Alexis as 20th on their list of “100 greatest punchers of all time.”

They went 14 rounds before Aaron defeated Alexis. Alexis was paid $1.5 million for the fight, while Aaron made $1.6 million.

The fight was dubbed The Battle of The Champions by promoter Bob Arum. Ring Magazine named it Fight of the Decade.

The end of the fight was controversial since between the 13th and 14th rounds, the microphones caught Aaron’s trainer telling cutman Artie Curley:

In 1983, they had a rematch. Aaron won again, this time in 10 rounds. For their second fight, Alexis made $1.75 million, and Aaron made $2.25 million.

In July 1983, he signed a 3-year exclusive promotional agreement with the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and Stallone’s Tiger Eye Promotions.

One year later, Aaron defended his IBF title against Nick Furlano in Toronto. He won by a lopsided 15-round unanimous decision.

On March 2, 1985, the American boxer defended his title against Gary Hinton, the future IBF light-welterweight champion. Aaron won by a 15-round split decision.

In 1991, he retired with a record of 39 wins, 35 of them by knockout, and a single loss.

In 1996, Pryor was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Pryor was ranked as the 35th greatest boxer of the past 80 years by The Ring.

Aaron Pryor Drug Addiction

His boxing career never reached the heights it should have, due to drugs.

In 1983, about two months after the second Alexis match, Pryor was arrested in LA on cocaine-possession charges

In 1988, Aaron reported that he had wasted about $500,000 on drugs. 

In April 1990, Aaron was ordered to undergo a 2-year treatment for drug abuse.

He recovered from his drug addiction at age 40. In addition, Pryor was ordained as a deacon at New Friendship Baptist Church

Aaron Pryor relationship

Aaron Pryor was married to Frankie Banks.

Aaron Pryor children

Aaron had four children, named Elizabeth, Antwan, Stephan, and Aaron Jr.

Aaron Pryor Death & Cause Of Death

Pryor died on October 9, 2016, at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease. He was 60.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie, daughter, Elizabeth, sons Antwan Harris and Aaron Jr., and grandsons Aaron Pryor III, Austin, and Adam.

Aaron Pryor height

Pryor was 5′ 6½” (1.69 m) tall.

Aaron Pryor Net Worth

Pryor earned most of his wealth from boxing. He won 204 of his 220 amateur fights. Later, he turned pro.

As a professional boxer, he was partially successful, mainly due to his drug use. Between 1980 and 1985, he earned around $5.2 million.

In December 1980, he rejected an offer of $500,000 (because he wanted more money) to fight Sugar Ray Leonard for the WBC Welterweight Championship.

For the two Argüello fights, Aaron was paid $3.85 million. However, his manager at the time, Buddy LaRosa, received 50% of the money Pryor won for boxing. He even once said – “After Buddy took his half, the government took half.” Aaron also said – ”Then after that, my wife at the time had to have her half.”

Therefore, at the time of his death, former professional boxer Aaron Pryor had an estimated net worth of $700,000.

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