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Donaire hit hard by passing of Arguello

Updated: July 2, 2009, 2:29 PM ET
By Dan Rafael

Wednesday's news of the death of Hall of Famer and former three-division champion Alexis Arguello at age 57 hit the boxing world hard.

The sport had lost one of its all-time greats, and flyweight titleholder Nonito Donaire had lost one of his heroes. Donaire is a huge fan of Arguello.

"When I found out, I was kind of sad. I mean, that's Arguello," Donaire told me over the phone from Las Vegas, only hours after the announcement of Arguello's untimely death. "He was a gentleman ...

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