Art Aragon

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Art Aragon
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Statistics
Real nameArthur Benjamin Aragon
Nickname(s)Golden Boy
Weight(s)Lightweight
Height5 ft 9 in (178 cm)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
NationalityAmerican
BornNovember 13, 1927
Belen, New Mexico
DiedMarch 25, 2008 (aged 80)
Northridge, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights116
Wins90
Wins by KO62
Losses20
Draws6
No contests0

Arthur Benjamin Aragon (November 13, 1927 – March 25, 2008[1]) was a Mexican-American boxer in the lightweight from New Mexico.[2]

Early and later life[edit]

Aragon was a native of Belen, New Mexico, but grew up in East Los Angeles. He was married four times and engaged a fifth time. He had six acknowledged children. After retiring from boxing, Aragon went into the bail bonds business and pursued acting roles.[3][4] He converted to Judaism later in life and is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles.[5]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Aragon's first professional fight, a points win in May 1944, was against Frenchy Rene at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Aragon won his first eleven fights before dropping a decision to Bert White in October 1944. Aragon faced ever-tougher competition as his career progressed, eventually facing many of the great names from his era, including Tommy Campbell, Jesse Flores, Redtop Davis, Jimmy Carter and Carmen Basilio. Aragon also held victories over such men as Enrique Bolanos, Johnny Gonsalves, future lightweight champion Lauro Salas, future welterweight champion Don Jordan, Danny Giovanelli and Chico Vejar. In 1951, he defeated lightweight champion Jimmy Carter in a non-title bout. Three months later he lost a rematch to Carter for the title in a bout in which he reportedly struggled to make weight. He defeated Carter once again five years later after Carter had been dethroned.[6] Aragon retired in 1960 with a career record of 90 wins (61 by knockout), 20 losses, and 6 draws.[7] Before his career ended, Aragon was dogged by accusations of conspiring to fix fights in his favor, including a conviction in California in February 1957.[7] Similar allegations were made by other fighters afterwards but were never substantiated.

Career in Hollywood[edit]

Aragon enjoyed popularity among Hollywood circles. He was romantically linked to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and other Hollywood starlets of the era. Another Hollywood connection was Aragon's friendship with World War II hero turned Western star Audie Murphy.[8] He had various film and television credits between the 1950s and 1970s, including appearances as himself in the boxing films The Ring and Off Limits, and he played the role of Private Sanchez in the 1955 war film To Hell and Back.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituary at The Los Angeles Times". Archived from the original on 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2010-06-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Boxing News 24 hours/day - the #1 resource in boxing - following Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray, Oscar De La Hoya and all your boxing favorites". Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  4. ^ "Los Angeles.com: Art Aragon Bail Bonds". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2008-03-26. Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2011-01-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.boxing.com/art_aragons_sweetest_ladies.html
  7. ^ a b "Art Aragon". Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  8. ^ Sue Gossett, The Films and Career of Audie Murphy, Empire Publishing, 1996, p. 69.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2019-02-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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