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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Alfredo Angulo – “El Perro” is No Underdog”

By Marc Livitz: A number of questions will be answered on March 8 when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez gets back in the ring and tries to put his lopsided defeat to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in his periphery. Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo is intent on assuring everyone that he is no comeback victim for the rich and famous. It’s not often that a knockout loss of any sort propels a fighter onto a shortlist for the spotlight variety of bouts, yet that is just what Angulo has been fortunate enough to experience. The Mexicali, BC, MX boxer was forced to stop his contest with Cuban slugger Erislandy Lara last June when swelling and disfigurement overtook his left eye in such rapid fashion that the hard fighting Mexican warrior instinctively turned his back on his opponent and headed for the safety of his corner in round ten. Luckily, Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) was given the benefit of the doubt, mostly due to his fighting spirit.


The day is fast approaching and many fans are likely hoping that “Toe to Toe”, as the promotion has been coined lives up not only to the hype, but possibly reignites a classic rivalry between two battle hardened Mexican fighters as well. Alfredo Angulo, along with his trainer, Virgil Hunter fielded questions this afternoon on an international media call. Selected highlights are listed below.



Richard Schaefer, President Golden Boy Promotions: “This is an all action card and even the non televised fights are sure to be great ones. It’s an unbelievable night of boxing and it should be well received by the pay per view audience. We have over 12,000 tickets sold and if that is any indication, then the fight should be a home run. We are expecting a full sellout. I hear Alfredo is looking sensational in camp. You will see without any question, the best Alfredo Angulo ever. When he is at his best, it is very difficult for anyone to beat him because of his iron will.”


“I know his trainer (Virgil Hunter) is very confident in his fighter. I like to give these types of opportunities to fighters like Alfredo. He has the desire to show on March 8 who is the best fighter at 154 pounds. He’s a very nice individual outside of the ring, which is a stark contrast to his style in the ring, when he is a vicious and attacking type of fighter.”


Virgil Hunter, Trainer of Alfredo Angulo: “I agree with Richard. Alfredo is very much up for this fight, which is not to say that he’s slighted any other bout, but we know the magnitude of this fight. We’re fortunate to have lots of help in camp with his conditioning and lots of different looks in sparring. It gives him the opportunity to pick up on all the different things that the styles offer. Everything is ahead of schedule and we’ll have the best of Alfredo Angulo on March 8.”

Opening Statements, Alfredo Angulo (in English): “I am very excited for this opportunity. I’ve been working really hard for this fight and I’ll be ready on March 8.”


Richard Schaefer on Angulo’s Chances: You don’t just get these opportunities. You earn them and he has earned this with the way he fights. Boxing has changed a bit and win or lose, the style makes the difference. An exciting loss can mean more than a boring win. Crowds like to be entertained and Alfredo has that type of style. He’s must-see TV and I don’t think that anything will change. If he beats someone like Canelo, then there are big names and opportunities at 154 pounds. Alfredo is a veteran and he’s not thinking ahead of Canelo Alvarez. He’d be foolish, which I know he is not to look past Canelo Alvarez.”


Angulo on sparring with Andre Ward: “The times I boxed with Andre Ward were great and he showed lots of talent and experience. He showed lots of things that were much better than Canelo. I’m grateful to him for the work because he knows how important this fight is for me.”


On Going for the Win: “I feel that I have won my spot for this through my hard work and my style. I’ve given my all in the ring. This is a big opportunity for me and I want to take full advantage.”


Virgil Hunter on Angulo in Camp: “His eye, other than swelling wasn’t what people thought. I never changed his style through his sparring. He’s been exposed to different styles, so he’s no longer locked into his own way of fighting. It’s come along naturally through his participation and observation. We have some fighters in camp that are similar to Canelo as well.”


Alfredo on needing a KO to win: “I really can’t say. I’m training to win regardless of what happens.”


If the underdog role drives him: “I don’t think about it. I’ve been going against the current for most of my career. I don’t really care.”


Angulo on his experience: “I’ve been in the ring with lots of talented fighters and I have an extensive amateur background. Canelo has been getting better and gaining experience. That’s what will make this a great fight. I let my fighting do the talking for me.”


On why he was chosen to face Alvarez: “Canelo is a smart fighter and he wants to prove that he can face a strong fighter and one that excites the crowd. We’ll make a good show and put on an exciting fight. He has fast hands and he can also box.”


Virgil Hunter on training an aggressive fighter: “Alfredo is not a difficult fighter to train. I don’t teach the style that Alfredo has, but I look to teach them to adapt to the styles of others. Defense is something that I do very well and I’ve seen improvements daily. I wouldn’t have it any other way because he doesn’t play around. I will always go in with confidence with his fights because I know that he always has a chance.”


“El Perro” on regrets over his fight with Erislandy Lara: “I learned a lot in that fight. I demonstrated that I can adapt to any style. I’ve been working hard with Virgil and I’ve been learning every day. I’m happy to fight anytime.”


On gaining experience from a loss compared to Canelo: “The two losses between us were totally different. Canelo lost to the best fighter in the world in Floyd Mayweather. He hardly touched Mayweather in that fight. I am coming off a fight with one of the best in the world in Erislandy Lara, who is one of the best in the world and an injury forced me to stop.”

If a win means a bout with Floyd Mayweather: “I’m just thinking about Canelo Alvarez. That decision is not up to me.”

On reacting to his eye injury: “It was basic instinct to me. People said that maybe he had fractured my eye and he doesn’t have the power to do that.”


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