Alfredo Angulo vs. Erislandy Lara

By Clarence George on March 29, 2013
Alfredo Angulo vs. Erislandy Lara
Thirty-year-old Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) is an eight-year pro who's only been stopped once.

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.

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  1. the thresher 08:26am, 03/31/2013

    On PPV, but I’ll be interested to see how many writers write about it even though they didn’t see the fight.

    I also am linked to every free stream in existence.

  2. Don from Prov 05:08pm, 03/30/2013

    P.S.—I thought the nickname “Snow” related to your cocaine habit

  3. Don from Prov 04:57pm, 03/30/2013

    Well, too late to ask now but I wonder how you’re watching Triple G

  4. the thresher 11:00am, 03/30/2013

    You need to get your mind out of the gutter and be pure like me. They don’t call me SNOW for nothing.

  5. the thresher 10:59am, 03/30/2013

    That is all. I must now watch my favorite fighter GGG make Kobe steak out of Ishida.

    Later Don

  6. Don from Prov 10:59am, 03/30/2013

    “especially if he hides his gun in his trunks”—
    That sounds like a set-up for a Mae West line.

  7. the thresher 10:58am, 03/30/2013

    I do like Canelo a lot and was on his bandwagon long before he became popular. He needs to win big against Trout to gain the kind of respect he needs in the U.S. He is an icon in icon-hungry Mexico.

  8. the thresher 10:56am, 03/30/2013

    I think the Ghost will lose, but he will make LiL Floyd go through some hell. He has a lot of will and seems to get better when the going gets tough.

    If a shot Cotto can do what he did against Floyd, certainly a prime Ghost can do a lot more, especially if he hides his gun in his trunks.

  9. Don from Prov 10:53am, 03/30/2013

    If Canelo takes a fight or two while he waits for Jr—
    Could be another year or more.
    What I want to see is how much time Floyd spends in corners vs. The Ghost

  10. the thresher 10:53am, 03/30/2013

    Floyd is not getting any younger, Don, though he keeps in great shape, Guerrero will put him through more punishment than he has been used to thus positioning Canelo for a better shot. That said, do not discount Trout. He is an extremely well-schooled fighter with great pedigree.

  11. Clarence George 10:34am, 03/30/2013

    I’m a fan of Alvarez and not of Mayweather, but I don’t see the Mexican winning (I’d think differently if the match were a couple of years from now).

    I like your idea, Don, of Alvarez vs. Lara.  “Canelo” is a much better fighter than Angulo, and Lara’s bag of tricks (rather tedious, however effective) wouldn’t help him.

    Hey, how ‘bout Alvarez vs. Angulo?  Alvarez the winner, of course, but an exciting slugfest…while it lasted.

  12. Don from Prov 10:25am, 03/30/2013

    I’ll be interested to watch.  Have gotten on this “Canelo will be the one to beat Floyd Jr.” kick that is probably without merit and I’ve thought that Lara would be good next preparation for Canelo if he passes his soon to come test.

  13. the thresher 08:34am, 03/30/2013

    Well Clarence, I hope you are wrong, but I’m afraid you are right. Lara’s style is all wrong for Perro.

    Silva is young and bears watching.

  14. Clarence George 07:01am, 03/30/2013

    I agree.

    I like Angulo (despite his beating Silva, a favorite of mine).  He’s a no-nonsense boxer, but rather limited—too limited to beat the more versatile Lara.  A good fight, but I don’t see Lara losing unless he turns stupid and goes for a toe-to-toe.

  15. Don from Prov 06:50am, 03/30/2013

    Good card.

  16. Mike Casey 06:38am, 03/30/2013

    This could be a good one, Clarence!

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