By: Marc Livitz: Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland treated fight fans to a memorable throwdown in Cancun, QR, Mexico on Saturday night.
The two Junior Middleweights met in a long-awaited crossroads bout that matched two hard punching and fearless fighters in a scrap that will be remembered for many years to come.
The all-action fight started quickly in the opening round. There was no feeling out of the opposing fighter. There was no test period and there surely was no desire on the part of either boxer to test the other’s power. Angulo (20-1-0 (17)) fought and defended well through the initial barrage of punches thrown by Kirkland (29-1-0 (26)) and dropped the Austin, TX fighter within thirty seconds of the opening bell by way of a straight right.
Kirkland beat the count and was seemingly energized from this point onwards. Angulo had uncharacteristically been forced backward and caught Kirkland coming in, but this would prove to be the lone highpoint for the Mexican boxer. What proved to be Angulo’s downfall was the amount of energy he had expended in the first round.
A thunderous left from Kirkland dropped Angulo with about 10 seconds left in the period. He immediately sprang back to his feet, but Alfredo was visibly tired and clearly “punched out” in the eyes of many. The second round saw both fighters prove their humanity by way of their somewhat sluggish approach.
Although Kirkland was far exceeding Angulo in terms of punching volume, each fighter had lost a bit of power on their shots. Round three saw Angulo show signs of desperation as he began to throw straight jabs without regard for defense. Each time he did so,Kirkland would catch him with overhand shots. Angulo seemed to get his legs back somewhat, which only prompted Kirkland to briefly box instead of brawl. The night appeared to be getting longer for “El Perro”.
As round four commenced, Angulo was so out of sorts that he neglected to return to action with his mouthpiece in place. The Mexican fighter remained valiant, but his punches had lost all power and effectiveness. Although the pace had slowed down by way of using the first round as a measuring stick, the action was still no less brutal. Kirkland was clearly in control, but Angulo was still dangerous in his counter attack.
Kirkland recognized this and began to back off after he threw excellent combinations to the head and body of Angulo. Round five saw each fighter attempting to lure the other in a game of “bait and switch”. A hard right hand from Angulo merely caused Kirkland to mock his opponent and urge him to keep swinging. As round six began, the stoppage seemed inevitable. Not just if, but also when. James Kirkland continued to press the action and connect with powerful combinations. The referee stepped in for reasons of Angulo’s overall well-being and stopped the fight at the two minute mark of round six. James Kirkland TKO 6 victory over Alfredo Angulo.
November 5, 2011