Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/22/14
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 pounced on his dazed opponent, ripping Kirkland's body and head, but was unable to put the finishing touches on the contest. With about a minute to go in the first round and with Angulo apparently punched out, Kirkland made his comeback, battering the Mexican with a hellacious barrage of shots that would send the stunned "Perro" to the canvas. From the second round on, the bout was all Kirkland as the Austin, Texas native stalked Angulo, landing big shots, both upstairs and downstairs. Angulo would attempt to make some changes and rally a comeback, but his legs never got back into the fight after the br...

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