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DE LA HOYA vs. CHAVEZ

NOTES : Aragon Gets Look at His Namesake, the 'Golden Boy'

June 08, 1996|BILL DWYRE

Art Aragon, who was boxing's "Golden Boy" long before Oscar De La Hoya was even a boy, was in Las Vegas to get his first look at the youngster who has taken over the nickname.

"Never saw him fight before, not on TV, never," said Aragon, 68 and a longtime Los Angeles lightweight and welterweight. "For a long time, I didn't want to see him, but then, before this fight, I asked somebody how much he was gonna make. They said $9 million. I said they can call him anything they want."

So, will Aragon part with the nickname?

"I'll tell you after the fight," he said. "And remember, he can be the Golden Boy, even if loses. But he's got to look good losing. I did that plenty of times."

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