Goldman's Top-10 Junior-Welterweights
"HOW GOOD is Pryor?" Ring editor Bert Sugar mused. "He beat one of the great legends, Cervantes, Cervantes, who was a great champion. I'd say Aaron Pryor is one of the five greatest Junior welterweights of all time." Goldman disagreed slightly. "Pryor is a very exciting fighter to watch. He's done a lot to create interest in the division. He's fought the best there is of the junior junior welterweights. I think people consider him a very, very good fighter, but not a great fighter, like a Sugar Ray (Leonard), a Canzonerl Canzonerl or an (Alexis) Arguello. He's not an all-time all-time all-time great. You must beat five very good-to-great good-to-great good-to-great good-to-great good-to-great fighters fighters to be a great fighter. There are simply not enough good Junior welterweights for him to fight." Here is Goldman's top 10 of the Junior welters, with years they held the title in parentheses: 1. Wilfred Benitez (1976-79) (1976-79) (1976-79) 2. Barney Ross (1933-35) (1933-35) (1933-35) 3. Tony Canzoneri (1931-32, (1931-32, (1931-32, 1933) 4. Carlos Ortiz (1959-60) (1959-60) (1959-60) 5. Jack "Kid" Berg (1930-31) (1930-31) (1930-31) 6. Antonio Cervantes (1972-79, (1972-79, (1972-79, 1979-80) 1979-80) 1979-80) 7. Eddie Perkins (1963-65) (1963-65) (1963-65) 8. Aaron Pryor (1980-present) (1980-present) (1980-present) 9. Nicolino Loche (1968-72) (1968-72) (1968-72) 10. Tippy Larkin (1946) Pryor's place on the list is sub- sub- Ject to change, of course. If he wins today, and beats Arguello in the fall, he would move up into a class with Ortiz. But Pryor, like the Junior welterweight division's history, is unpredictable. His determination and his hunger will tell his future.