Found November 06, 2011 on
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(Photo Courtesy @makeawar)Boxing fans knew that something special would happen when James Kirkland met Alfredo Angulo in Cancun tonight on HBO. But before the junior middleweight war happened, it was difficult to imagine just how brutal it would be.
The first round was an all time classic. Kirkland (30-1) swarmed out of the corner and started backing Angulo (20-2) up from the get go. He looked sharp and dangerous until a huge, well timed Angulo right hand sent him straight to the floor. At that point, it seemed that the fight was destined to be a repeat of Kirkland's April shock KO loss to Nobuhiro Ishida.
Instead, the Texan showed incredible heart and chin to weather a terrifying Angulo assault that lasted nearly two full minutes and returned the favour, dropping the Mexican puncher for the first time in his career with only seconds to go in the round. There was nothing flash about either of the knockdowns. Both were delivered with terrifying, concussive force.
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In a brawl that matched all the high expectations, James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) returned to prominence with a hard-fought, brutal destruction of Alfredo Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) in six jaw and ribcage-rattling rounds Saturday night in Cancun, Mexico.
The pace was set in the sizzling first round with Kirkland getting dropped hard from an Angulo counter 30 seconds into the bout. Angulo...
Tomorrow night in Cancun, Mexico HBO Boxing After Dark will be featuring a doubleheader with Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland and Peter Quillin vs. Craig McEwan. All four fighters weighed in for their respective bouts this afternoon. Find the official weigh-in results right here.
Angulo vs. Kirkland
Alfredo Angulo: 154 lbs
James Kirkland: 153.5 lbs
Quillin vs. McEwan
By Shaun McElreath On Saturday November 5th, 2011 in Centro de Cancun in Quintana Roo, Mexico, WBO interim light middleweight champ Alfredo Angulo (20-1 17 wins via KO) will fight James Kirkland (29 -1 , 26 via knockout) in a WBC Light Middleweight Title Eliminator bout. Both these men are “action fighters” so this bout [...]
This was a big weekend for boxing fans. A string of unpleasant outcomes had hardcore fans bristling with anticipation for what seemed to be at least a couple of can't-miss fights. There were no superfights--certainly nothing that could compare to the big Pacquiao-Marquez fight next week. But Bute-Johnson and Angulo-Kirkland would be the kind of fights that boxing fans love....