Perro vs. Destroyer

By Clarence George on October 21, 2013
Perro vs. Destroyer
This will be Angulo's first fight since being stopped by Erislandy Lara via 10th-round TKO.

The proud tradition continues on December 14, when Mexican junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo takes on Puerto Rican counterpart Jorge Melendez…

“I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride.”—Salma Hayek

“I thought it would be easy. I thought it’d take me one year to be Salma Hayek.”— Roselyn Sanchez

There’s more to the Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry than mere cleavage. Granted, there’s nothing mere about cleavage, but the battle for precedence between our Mexican and Puerto Rican brethren is nowhere better emblematized than in the squared circle.

Take, for example, legendary welterweights Mexican Kid Azteca and Puerto Rican Cocoa Kid. Their four bouts took place in Mexico City’s Arena Nacional, the first two in 1935. They drew against each other on January 19, but Azteca won on points exactly one week later. On January 1, 1941, Azteca again won on points, while their final bout, on the 11th, was declared a no contest (although originally a win for the Mexican).

The proud tradition continues on December 14, when Mexican junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo takes on Puerto Rican counterpart Jorge Melendez for a scheduled 10 rounds at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

This will be Angulo’s first fight since being stopped by Erislandy Lara via 10th-round TKO in June. His other two losses came courtesy of Kermit Cintron, who beat him by unanimous decision in 2009, and James Kirkland, who stopped him by sixth-round TKO in 2011.

The 31-year-old “Perro” (22-3, 18 KOs), a pro since 2005, fought twice last year, stopping Raul Casarez by first-round KO in November and beating Jorge Silva by unanimous decision in December.

Although only 24, Melendez has racked up an impressive record—27 wins, 26 by knockout, with only three losses and one draw.

“Destroyer” fought four times in 2012, stopping Marcus Willis by fifth-round KO in April, Germaine Sanders by third-round TKO in June, Milton Nunez by first-round TKO in August, and James Winchester by fourth-round TKO in December. He’s fought three times this year, stopping Ryan Davis by fourth-round KO in March, losing to Nick Brinson by unanimous decision in June, and stopping Jamaal Davis by second-round TKO earlier this month.

Melendez’s only non-stoppage win was against Eric Mitchell, whom he beat by unanimous decision in 2011. His other two losses came via Clarence Taylor, who stopped him by fifth-round TKO in 2009, and Doel Carrasquillo, who stopped him by fifth-round TKO the following year. Melendez drew in his first fight, against Juan Aguirre in 2007.

I don’t have a pony in this race, being neither Mexican nor Puerto Rican (though an ardent admirer of both peoples, I hasten to add). Moreover, I like both Angulo and Melendez, both tough competitors.

The Mexican is a bit faded, as his recent ring performances attest. His win over Silva was anything but impressive and he of course lost to Lara. But the Puerto Rican is less seasoned and he hasn’t exactly faced the cream of the crop. There’s also ample reason to question the quality of his jaw. The two guys who stopped him, Taylor and Carrasquillo, have poor records and not much in the way of hitting power. Taylor, in particular, is so feather-fisted as to make Paulie Malignaggi come across as Gennady Golovkin.

Score one for Mexico: Angulo by third-round KO.

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  1. Clarence George 06:14am, 10/22/2013

    Thanks, Pete.  And I knew I’d be hearing from you!

    I have no ethnic stake here, just a preference for Angulo (though I have nothing against Melendez).  Anyway, I don’t see Angulo losing.

  2. Pete The Sneak 05:17am, 10/22/2013

    As a proud ‘Nuyorican/Bronx Boricua,’ it would certainly be easy for me to sit here and root for Melendez, and I won’t lie, it would probably be satisfying for me to see him beat Perro from the Mexico/Puerto Rican rivalry perspective. But I am a huge fan of Angulo, not so much for his always thrilling fights, but moreso for how he has persevered through the entire being jailed thing (I think he was truly railroaded by US Immigration) and how he has been able to comeback from that with class and dignity. If anyone had a right to beef and be hateful, it was Alfredo. Instead the man has been keeping on with a smile on his face. It’s hard to root against him. So I will remain on the sidelines for this one. Nice writeup CG…Peace.

  3. Clarence George 02:43pm, 10/21/2013

    Ha!  Thank you very much indeed, Irish.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:34pm, 10/21/2013

    Clarence George-The write up is clean as a whistle and the prediction is spot on….which reminds me…. Salma….ah yes, Salma…. exquisitely gorgeous Lebanese/Mexican angel. Can a woman be too beautiful? Which reminds me….can a man be too rich? If the man is Carlos Slim of Lebanese descent who became the richest man in the world in a Third World country I say… Si Senor!

  5. Clarence George 12:59pm, 10/21/2013

    Thanks, Ted.

    Yeah, these second-tier fighters are often more entertaining than their more highly regarded counterparts.

    Angulo’s best days are behind him, but I’d be very surprised if Melendez beats him.  If Taylor and Carrasquillo can stop him, then surely Angulo can…and I suspect much sooner than later.

  6. Ted 12:43pm, 10/21/2013

    And fine report. These fights are often more entertaining than most

  7. Ted 12:42pm, 10/21/2013

    Only if he can catch him early because he is a fast starter and Perro is a slow one. I saw Nick Brinson school Melendez at Turning Stone in June and if he can be taken into the late rounds, the Dog will eat him up. He does have power and can hook well, but he is not a well-schooled boxer—not that Perro will be giving any technical lessons soon. I think on balance that if Perro can hurt him, he will close the show so I’m going with The Dog.

    Very good matchup and don’t blink.

  8. Clarence George 12:34pm, 10/21/2013

    Ted:  You think Melendez will beat Angulo?

  9. Ted 12:22pm, 10/21/2013

    But this might be the end of The Dog

  10. Ted 12:21pm, 10/21/2013

    I think he likes her knowing Dollarbill. And who wouldn’t. Even large snakes take to her—no pun intended..

  11. Clarence George 12:16pm, 10/21/2013

    You don’t like Salma Hayek?  Well, to each his own, but I think she’s one of the most gorgeous women…ever.

  12. dollarbond 12:02pm, 10/21/2013

    Selma Hayek i did not have to read any further.

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