Angulo vs. Kirkland: What If?

By Ted Sares on September 10, 2011
Angulo vs. Kirkland: What If?
Alfredo "Perro" Angulo has fought mostly in the US and is coming off two first round icings

If rumors out of Mexico materialize (and they are only rumors), boxing fans may be treated to a potential spectacular shootout between light middleweights James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (29-1) and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-1) with ultra violence in the offing.

Angulo has fought mostly in the US and is coming off two first round icings—one against the highly regarded Joachim Alcine (32-1 coming in). Kirkland also is coming off two quick KOs against limited opposition. Angulo’s chin has never really been tested. Mandingo’s chin failed to pass the test against Ishida. However, he is now back with Ann Wolfe and that’s a big plus as the two have an uncommon symbiosis.

Both fighters have experienced setbacks (Anjulo against Cintron and Kirkland against Ishida), but outside the ring the setbacks have been quite onerous. Kirkland went to prison for a second time on a gun possession charge. Perro lost a year of his career because of visa issues that still keep him from entering the United States.

Now, Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly considering a fight between Angulo and James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs). Both Mandingo and Wolfe indicated prior to Kirkland’s July 23 win over club fighter Alexis Hloros that they have tired of easy fights and are looking to do something big.

Perhaps not as big as it once might have been, this fight would be huge if it gets made. Both bring plenty of menace and action into the ring. It would be a throwback type of fight in the vein of Juan Meza vs. Jaime Garza or an all-action type like Brandon Rios vs.Urbano Antillon. Both are heavy handed, all-action, incoming pressure fighters and that spells K-N-O-C-K-O-U-T.

Again, there is no guarantee that this will happen, but if it does, I have just two words of advice: Don’t blink!

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  1. Tex Hassler 10:13am, 09/11/2011

    This would be a fight for the fans and an exciting one at that. Kirkland seems to be back to his old form and this would be a real test for him and Angulo. Hope it happens.

  2. pugknows 09:26am, 09/11/2011

    Wow. Let’s get it on!!!!!!!!

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