The year won't be remembered for isolated blows, like this mighty right Alexis Arguello unloaded on Aaron Pryor. Fusillades counted for considerably more. In the 14th round of their WBA junior welterweight title fight, Pryor, fueled by some nips of peppermint schnapps, loosed 23 straight punches, knocking Arguello unconscious and foiling his attempt to win an unprecedented fourth championship, each in a different weight class. With a shower of blows in the 13th round, the WBC heavyweight champ, Larry Holmes, subdued Gerry Cooney, bringing Cooney's trainer, Victor Valle, into the ring to protect his man from the onslaught. As Dwight Braxton, 5'6" Dwight Muhammad Qawi had Matthew Saad Muhammad on the ropes for a sixth-round TKO in their WBC light-heavyweight rematch, proving for the second time in eight months that his arms weren't too short to box with Saad. Shortly after that, Braxton changed his name. Before a national TV audience, WBA lightweight champ Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini KO'd Duk Koo Kim of South Korea 19 seconds into the 14th, putting Kim in a coma. Four days later, he died from brain damage. Kim's death touched off boxing's most critical reappraisal since 1962 when Benny Paret died after being knocked out by Emile Griffith. The WBC imposed a discretionary standing eight-count and a 12-round limit on all title fights.
Arguello mulls A. Pryori knowledge (above) after becoming A. Pryor's victim; Thomas Hearns (right) outfoxed Wilfred Benitez for the WBC super welter title.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler, the only unified champion, dispatched Fulgencio Obelmejias.
Featherweight Salvador Sanchez (right) KO'd Azumah Nelson, then died in a car crash at 23.
In his first bout as Dwight Muhammad Qawi, the WBC's light heavyweight champion put Eddie Davis down once and won by an 11th-round TKO.
Shortly after scrawling "kill or be killed" on a lampshade, Kim took a beating from Mancini, then fell, mortally injured, into Referee Richard Green's arms.
Arrows on junior middleweight champ Davey Moore's trunks tell Ayub Kalule where he's going.
Sugar Ray Leonard said his final foe, Bruce Finch, hurt him worse than Hearns, Duran or Benitez.
Though he didn't get a zillion-dollar payday for the pounding, Randall (Tex) Cobb (left) lasted longer against Holmes than did Cooney (above).