Looking Like Kirkland Will Be Training With Wolfe

Here’s a stat that might sway you, even slightly, as you assess the May 2 fight between Canelo Alvarez, the Mexican hitter who turned pro at 15 and has campaigned his way to being one of the top three attractions in the sport today, and tough Texan James Kirkland, the free swinging homerun hitter who sometimes is his own worst enemy, outside the ring, but is a threat to check and wreck anyone’s chin at any given moment.

With Ann Wolfe in his corner, Kirkland (age 30; 32-1 with 28 KOs) is unbeaten as a pro. Yep, with the no-nonsense blasts of tough love coming from the no-BS-allowed Wolfe, Kirkland is the best version of boxer he can be. Sounds like a no brainer, get Wolfe on board and get in sync for a most stern but no undoable test, in Canelo (age 24; 44-1-1, with 31 KOs)…

Ah, but don’t you know boxing life is never simple like that. Kirkland has said he’s not sure who will be in his corner, and will train him for his third fight in 3.5 years.

I checked in with Kirkland’s manager, high powered attorney Mike Miller. The TX-based counselor told me it’s looking like, were he a betting man, that Kirkland and Wolfe will be together for this bout. Nothing certain, but that’s the way it’s looking. So, adjust the odds in your head. Kirkland with Wolfe is a different deal than Kirkland with anyone else. She knows how to press his buttons the right way, and get the most out of him. Oh and also, anyone worring about Kirkland’s weight; kid has a bunch of time to get to 155. He’s on it now, treating the fridge like a foe, I’m told, so his weight should be no issue.

HBO will show the fight, promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

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COMMENTS

-michigan400 :

She's the only for this kid, really good to hear that! This will be a fun scrap to watch!!


-The Commish :

Canelo Alvarez v James Kirkland is going to be one thrilling fight! I hope nothing happens to derail it. I'm glad the sport has so many big fights before that, otherwise I'd be counting days until the opening bell. It is a can't miss action fight. -Randy G.


-Pazuzu :

Canelo Alvarez v James Kirkland is going to be one thrilling fight! I hope nothing happens to derail it. I'm glad the sport has so many big fights before that, otherwise I'd be counting days until the opening bell. It is a can't miss action fight. -Randy G.
That's right, now we're talking. Whoooooo. Canelo is going to have his work cut out for him. Wolfe will train Kirkland to kill.


-Radam G :

If the "Mermaid" comes back, Canelo is in deep kim che. "The Mandingo Warrior" will not be fighting as if he has a cut-off foot. He will be hard to handle for Canelo. And this will be the first major upset for 2015. I'm calling it now. An Anne "The Mermaid" Wolfe and James "The Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland is a brutal, vicious combo. And they are fighting in Texas too on the night of a full moon? WATCH OUT, YALL! Oh My Fudging Goodness! Danggit! A mermaid wolf will be howling in the corner and a Mandingo Warrior will be beating da-double-fudge snot outta a gingerbread Aztec Warrior in dat squared jungle in San Tony. If Team Canelo is smart, their pug will suffer an injury in training camp. You don't want this work on the night of a full moon and a chicken crossing the street to hangout at the Alamo. Where is TSS reader/poster BigStinkyBug? C'mon, BSB! where you at? Holla!


-rdv_27 :

In San Antonio?! Man this reminds me of the time I went to Canelo - Trout, and then like a half year later there was Maidana vs Broner w/ Thurman - Soto Karass as an undercard... Man, I cried when I saw I picked the wrong fight to go watch. Has the undercard been announced yet?


-stormcentre :

Great news. I hope Wolfe takes James over to the Plex gym (correct name??) where Ronnie Shields operates, for some glove/prep work. Isn't that in Texas too? Taking James over there (once he was 12 rounds fit) would surely be worth it. If for no other reason, then just to see who there amongst the middleweights - after a week or so of sparring - is left standing/breathing, and whose blood has stained the canvass. It would be an interesting sporting and (anti) social experiment. Surely James would have to go over there though. I mean, I can't imagine the Charlo brothers or Lara travelling to James' gym to receive the gifts that James would give - even if Vera (a previous Shields fighter) hadn't already informed of Kirkwood's demeanor and the environment created by both it and Wolfe's omnipresent presence.


-Pazuzu :

Great news. I hope Wolfe takes James over to the Plex gym (correct name??) where Ronnie Shields operates, for some glove/prep work. Isn't that in Texas too? Taking James over there (once he was 12 rounds fit) would surely be worth it. If for no other reason, then just to see who there amongst the middleweights - after a week or so of sparring - is left standing/breathing, and whose blood has stained the canvass. It would be an interesting sporting and (anti) social experiment. Surely James would have to go over there though. I mean, I can't imagine the Charlo brothers or Lara travelling to James' gym to receive the gifts that James would give - even if Vera (a previous Shields fighter) hadn't already informed of Kirkwood's demeanor and the environment created by both it and Wolfe's omnipresent presence.
Interesting proposition, Storm. Plex is in Houston, about a three hour drive from the Wolfe Den in Austin. Plenty of good sparring for James, though, if they could work out the logistics. It will be revealing to see who Kirkland spars with in the lead up to the fight... Still, it's hard to imagine Wolfe and Kirkland decamping to someone else's gym for any prolonged period of time. They've got some hard-a$$ Mandingo voodoo vibe going on at that gym in Austin, and it's worked well for them so far...


-stormcentre :

Interesting proposition, Storm. Plex is in Houston, about a three hour drive from the Wolfe Den in Austin. Plenty of good sparring for James, though, if they could work out the logistics. It will be revealing to see who Kirkland spars with in the lead up to the fight... Still, it's hard to imagine Wolfe and Kirkland decamping to someone else's gym for any prolonged period of time. They've got some hard-a$$ Mandingo voodoo vibe going on at that gym in Austin, and it's worked well for them so far...
Yep - agreed. Cant see James or Ann decamping to someone else's gym. However, unless Ann/James does that all that they will probably get in their own gym is, "sparring partners". To properly prepare for Canelo, James really needs to spar guys that aren't just showing up to get paid and punched. He needs guys that, at least, want to show him that James is not coming to their gym and pushing his weight around - not without, at least, leaving with a few temporary facial tattoos.


-Pazuzu :

To properly prepare for Canelo, James really needs to spar guys that aren't just showing up to get paid and punched.
He needs guys that, at least, want to show him that James is not coming to their gym and pushing his weight around - not without, at least, leaving with a few temporary facial tattoos.
Yesss...


-King Beef :

I hope they link up, because Ann will definitely have him ready to go on fight night


-brownsugar :

I'm on board with you guys ...."Free Anne Wolfe, Free Anne Wolfe".. .. After watching 12 rounds of the Latin Snake, visiting a James Kirkland topic is always welcome activity (although Mora did fight a good technical fight). Putting Wolfe in James Kirkland's training camp is like putting Dr Frankenstein in a room with fresh body parts and an inexhaustible supply of high voltage electricity. IT'S ALIVE!!!!!! I feel James needs an infusion of Anne Wolfe's indominable spirit the way Godzilla needs to feast on a nuclear reactor to stay alive. Anne will insure James is properly analyzed, energized, and Weaponized. Only then will Kirkland be able unleash the Warrior within. James needs to be forged in the fire that only Anne can provide due to his many months outside the ring. He can polish up elsewhere later. Canelo had better to be prepared to leave Kirkland no opportunity to return from the brink should he get Kirkland hurt. James is known to return from the point of no return if allowed.


-The Commish :

I DVR'd the Mora-Han fight, as I was on my way home from my SiriusXM show and dinner when the opening bell rang. Let me tell you, watching a Sergio Mora fight late at night and when you're tired is an excellent way to drift off to sleep. That could never happen in a James Kirkland fight, especially one in which Ann Wolfe is working his corner. I expect to be on my feet for as long as the fight lasts. That's more than I can say for either Alvarez or Kirkland. Somebody is going to sleep in that one, and it ain't going to be me! -Randy G.