Join us at Boxing Channel for this “What If” segment, where boxing historian Frank Lotierzo analyzes what if Roberto Duran and Alexis Arguello fought each other. Both Duran and Arguello are Latin fighters and both are in the Hall of Fame. They are two of the all-time great fighters. In their prime, at that weight, both fighters were virtually unbeatable.
This fight actually could have happened during the late 70s or the early 80s time, but unfortunately it never did because Duran moved up in weight. According to Lotierzo, it would have been an unbelievable fight, but they just missed each other. Duran was already out of the lightweight division by the late 70s and Arguello did not win the title until 1981. Frank comments that, during his lifetime, there has never really been that great, super fight in the lightweight division.
In breaking down this “what if” fight, Lotierzo points out that Arguello never fought one opponent in his entire career that made him back up. However, Duran was able to make Sugar Ray Leonard back up.
There are several other important key factors that Lotierzo analyzes, such as: body frame, strength, ruggedness, inside fighting ability vs ability to box on the outside. Several questions are considered, for example: How does their style match up? Who is the better boxer and who is more of a brawler? Who is the more structured fighter? Who would outwork whom? Who has the better chin? Who would throw more punches? Would either be able to stop the other? Would the fight go the distance?
Lotierzo also discusses other great lightweights in this rich division. Vasyl Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia would be a great lightweight showdown…will that fight happen?