Alfredo Angulo vs. Erislandy Lara
A 12-rounder between junior middleweights Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara will co-feature the welterweight bout between Marcos Rene Maidana and Josesito Lopez at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on June 8.
Thirty-year-old Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) is an eight-year pro who’s only been stopped once, by James Kirkland via sixth-round TKO in 2011. Angulo’s other loss came at the hands of Kermit Cintron by unanimous decision in 2009.
“El Perro” fought twice last year, stopping Raul Casarez by first-round KO in November and beating Jorge Silva by unanimous decision in December. Angulo’s performance against Silva was iffy. Despite the win, he didn’t make much of an impression on his fellow Mexican…though he did amuse him on occasion.
Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs), who’ll turn 30 next month, is a five-year pro. Though never stopped, he lost to Paul Williams by majority decision in 2011. The Cuban southpaw drew twice, first against Carlos Molina in 2011 and then against Vanes Martirosyan in November of last year, in what was intended to be the WBC junior middleweight title eliminator. In the former bout, two judges scored it a draw and the third ruled in favor of Molina. Last year’s technical decision draw was the result of an accidental headbutt in the ninth, which opened a gash over Martirosyan’s left eye.
In addition to his inconclusive fight with Martirosyan, “El Oro de Guantanamo” fought twice last year, stopping Ronald Hearns by first-round TKO in April and beating Freddy Hernandez by unanimous decision in June.
Angulo doesn’t have much going for him in this fight. He’s by far the harder hitter, but Erislandy’s momma didn’t raise no dummies—he’s not going to trade punches with “Perro.” If he does, he’ll lose, and deservedly so. Lara’s fast, has good defensive techniques, and knows how to use the ring to his advantage. Mr. Excitement? No. The winner of this upcoming match? Yes.