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Son of Aaron Pryor Training for Boxing Match

    A local boxer prepares for a fight at the Horseshoe Casino and he's following in the footsteps of his famous father.  Aaron Pryor, Jr. fights Frankie "The Freight Train" Filippone this Saturday during "The Fight Night Club" outdoor boxing event.  Angela Ingram spent time with the super middleweight who is hoping to reignite passion for the sport.

     Aaron Pryor, Jr. spends countless hours training because he's disciplined and loves the sport of boxing.  "Running and exercising in the morning, to coming in the afternoon and training, then sparring," said Pryor.  Aaron has a team helping him get ready to fight in the co-main event at the Horseshoe Casino.  The super middle weight is excited about his fight against Frankie "The Freight Train" Filippone.  Aaron said, "Well it's a hometown fight. Cincinnati has a great tradition with the sport of boxing a lot of people probably don't realize that, but we have a lot of very good boxers that are known around the world from Cincinnati."

     One famous Cincinnati boxer in particular will be in Aaron's corner, his father, Aaron Pryor, Sr.  "I'm very excited, I think this is going to be one of the biggest fights that he's going to have in his career.  This reminds me of me when I fought here in Cincinnati in 1980."

     Aaron, Jr. has a coach, but he still gets tips from his dad.  He says as a child, he didn't know just how good his father was, but now he can see why his dad was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  "I would look back on videos and I'm just like, this guy was an animal.  He was just non-stop punches."  Aaron, Sr. Adds, "Having 11 title fights, knocking 38 people out of 40 fights."  "I won the PanAmerican Games.  I went to Russia.  I went to Poland.  I went to Germany.  I went to Mexico.  I was really undefeated as an amateur on the amateur boxing scene."
    
     Aaron says as much as he admires his dad, he's making his own name in the world of boxing.  "I try to be Aaron Pryor, Jr. and be myself and do what I do and plus, I'm like 6'5" and my Dad is 5'8" so we have different type of boxing styles." 

     Aaron's father is proud of his son and said, "What you're going to see is a guy that can box real good and he has a good right hand and a left hook and it works when he puts it together."
 
     The boxing matches at the Horseshoe are on Saturday, September 7th.  Tickets begin at $28.  That is good for all ten fights.



 

 

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