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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arguello Joins Foreman and Holmes

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- George Foreman and Larry Holmes have done it. Now Alexis Arguello wants to see whether there's room in the 40-something boxing crowd for one of the little guys.


The former three-time champion returns to the ring at the age of 43 on Saturday night, joining a growing list of aging fighters in search of a big payday and some past glory.


Unlike the lumbering Foreman and Holmes, however, Arguello makes his return at 140 pounds (63 kilograms), the same weight he was 12 years ago when he lost his last title fight by knockout to Aaron Pryor.


"I'm a guy who never gained weight," Arguello said Wednesday.


Arguello, who broke a hand last August in his only fight since retiring in 1986, meets Scott Walker of Phoenix in a scheduled 10-round bout at a small neighborhood casino far from the glittering Las Vegas Strip.


It's the first of what Arguello says could be a string of fights leading to a title bid late this year. "Me and Julio Cesar Chavez," Arguello said of the WBC champion. "I can see the smoke coming out of the ring."


Arguello will make $20,000 for the bout, money he admits he can use after three divorces and the confiscation of his Nicaraguan property by the Sandinistas took much of his earnings.


Arguello's old house in Nicaragua was recently returned to him by the current government after being used during the Sandinista regime as the Russian embassy.