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In the sixth round Pryor opened a 1�" cut on the edge of Arguello's left eyelid. Lewis watched Eddie Futch, Arguello's trainer, apply ice to the eye. "Don't go to sleep," Lewis told Pryor. "He's a blind fighter. Fight your fight. Go get him."
By the 12th round, both men had given up all pretense of defense, and at 1:27 of the 13th, Arguello took his last best shot. Catching Pryor coming in, he nailed him with a tremendous right hand. Pryor appeared to be hurt but as Arguello pressed forward, Pryor stopped him with two stiff jabs and ended the round with a straight right hand to the head. Despite Arguello's feeling of frustration, he was still very much in the fight. At this point Referee Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa and Judge Ove Ovesen of Denmark had Pryor ahead by only 127-124. Judge Ken Morita of Japan actually had Arguello in front, 127-125.
Coming out quickly for the 14th round, Pryor snapped Arguello's head back with a hook and then threw an overhand right, jabbed once, fired both hands to the body and then moved up to the head. Next a short right hook inside crashed against Arguello's head and sent him into the ropes.
Pryor moved in quickly. Two right hands pinned Arguello to the ropes, and 10 more slammed into Arguello as he tried to cover up with his arms. The next punch, a right uppercut, crashed against Arguello's chin and his mouth popped open as his hands dropped. Pryor fired two left hooks and a straight right to the head, a right and a hook...in all, he threw 23 punches before Christodoulou stopped the fight. Arguello was still on his feet, but slowly he began to sag. He sat down and rolled over, out cold.
Two doctors worked on Arguello. One of them touched his neck, checking his pulse. Another gave him oxygen. After four minutes he regained consciousness. In another minute he was sitting on a stool. Then he walked, with assistance, to his dressing room. As he entered the room, Arguello's son, A.J., asked Miller, "Will he get a rematch?"
"He's a great champion," Pryor said. "I felt his power. He let me know he was in there. He taught me things. Do I feel like I stopped history? I can't say that, because the man has already made history; he's a three-time champion."
Pryor grinned. "I know of at least one surprise," he said. "My stomach was upset. One time we were in close and I burped. He stepped back and had this strange look on his face. I almost burst out laughing. But I think I surprised a lot of people. I proved I can box. And I proved I can go 14 rounds."
Miller went to Arguello's home early the next day. He was depressed about the loss, but otherwise, Miller said, Arguello was fine. A nasty cut under the left eye, which Pryor opened in the final round, required eight stitches; the one opened in the sixth required none.