Alfredo “Perro” Angulo & Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Predict No Running

BY David A. Avila ON January 22, 2014
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LOS ANGELES---One thing is certain, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo will have a much easier time making weight when he meets Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on March 8, in Las Vegas.

Before thousands of cheering fans near Café Pinot, Angulo cut off his long black locks to donate to Locks of Love, a group that gathers hair for cancer victims undergoing chemotherapy. The crowd roared as a woman took hair shears and lopped off a good chunk of hair on Tuesday.

It’s Mexican versus Mexican when the two junior middleweights meet in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand during March Madness. Alvarez and Angulo are both declaring that running is not an option.

“All you have to do is look at my last fight on Youtube,” said Angulo. “I’m always moving forward.”

When reporters asked Alvarez the same question the cinnamon haired fighter replied, “I took this fight because I know Angulo does not run around the ring like in my last fight.” Alvarez was referring to his last opponent Floyd Mayweather, who handily defeated him.

Alvarez took the most criticism of his career for being unable to pin down the fleet Mayweather, who won nearly every round when they fought last September. It was a crushing moment for the youngster, who may have lost a few fans due to the poor showing.

During the introductions, it was Angulo who received the loudest cheers much to the surprise of the Golden Boy Promotions staff. Despite his loss to Erislandy Lara due to a severe abrasion to the eye, the Mexicali bomber had knocked down Lara twice and had proven he could match blows with the slick Cuban southpaw.

Angulo’s trainer Virgil Hunter said that whatever style Alvarez brings to the fight will be dealt with.

“I think this fight is going to go down to the last round,” said Hunter, who also trains Andre Ward and Amir Khan. “In this particular fight there won’t be any running.”

Guadalajara’s Alvarez seems eager to prove that when it comes to strength versus strength, Angulo will not be able to keep up. However, his trainers also know that whenever you pit two Mexican knockout punchers together, it’s a gamble.

“They don’t come any tougher than Alfredo Angulo,” said Eddy Reynoso, who trains Alvarez. “We expect a war.”

Golden Boy’s CEO Richard Schaefer expects both fighters to ratchet their intensity to kamikaze mode.

“For both fighters there’s a lot at stake,” said Schaefer. “It’s to prove who’s the best at 154.”

Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza says this fight will test Alvarez’s chin.

“Angulo is the hardest puncher that Canelo has faced,” Espinoza said.

World title fight

Also present at the outdoor media day held in the Central Library courtyard across the street from the old Golden Boy Promotions headquarters, fighters such as Leo Santa Cruz, Cristian Mijares, Abner Mares, and Ricardo Alvarez were presented.

Santa Cruz will be defending the WBC junior featherweight title against former bantamweight champion Mijares.

“Mijares is a great fighter,” said Santa Cruz, adding that he once helped Jose Navarro prepare for a title fight against the Mexican boxer from Durango, Mexico.

Ricardo Alvarez, 32, will be facing undefeated Omar Figueroa of Texas for the interim WBC lightweight title. He’s one of three Alvarez brothers that will be on the Las Vegas fight card.

“It’s the best fight of my life,” said Ricardo Alvarez.

Of all the fighters present at the media day Angulo seemed most anxious to discuss the upcoming fight as he stayed until every single writer and photographer was attended to. Just guessing but it looked like at least four pounds of hair was cut from his hair.

“I’m thankful that Richard Schaefer believes in me,” Angulo said.

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deepwater2 says:

Angulo has a small chance to win by ko in the first two rounds . AA will probably be stopped by tko mid fight due to the eye . The eye is not healed . Look at the close up pictures at the press conference . The doctors and canelo know all about the eye . It will be targeted and it will be under close inspection by the dr during the fight . Canelo needs to save face with a decent win after the shutout mayweather fight . This fight should not be ppv. Lara is the man at 154 . Canelo will avoid him at every possible opportunity . Put some money on canelo by tko

brownsugar says:

Angulo has a small chance to win by ko in the first two rounds . AA will probably be stopped by tko mid fight due to the eye . The eye is not healed . Look at the close up pictures at the press conference . The doctors and canelo know all about the eye . It will be targeted and it will be under close inspection by the dr during the fight . Canelo needs to save face with a decent win after the shutout mayweather fight . This fight should not be ppv. Lara is the man at 154 . Canelo will avoid him at every possible opportunity . Put some money on canelo by tko




Well said.....
I thought Angulo (although full of heart) was looking ragged around the edges in his last two fights which he split ..one win ...one loss.
Even though Angulo appeared to give Lara a thrashing ... Lara was delivering the same stiff left hands like the one that dropped Trout like an assassins bullet.
Lara was forced to deal with the type of discomfort you would expect from facing a stalker like Angulo but was never in danger of leaving the fight early.
If the fight weren't called because of the eye ...Angulo would have well suffered more severe damage than he already has.

amayseng says:

Anyone Angulo learns some HEAD MOVEMENT or lateral agility in and out before this fight takes place? He needs a true boxing trainer who can harness his badass attitude, win or die trying personality and put it behind some decent boxing skills. Yea I know he is what he is, but even some small tweaks can favor his chances drastically.

ultimoshogun says:

I recall Dan Rafael reporting Angulo didn't suffer a broken orbital as was initially thought ...Angulo said the same in an interview so I doubt that will be an issue. If Canelo stays in the pocket and goes blow for blow with Angulo I'm leaning towards and upset...Angulo's high motor will make it hard for Canelo to keep up. One thing Canelo cannot do is retreat (at least not too much) or his Mexican fans will turn against him. If he is victorious at the end of the day then he can truly say he is battle tested.

ultimoshogun says:

Anyone Angulo learns some HEAD MOVEMENT or lateral agility in and out before this fight takes place? He needs a true boxing trainer who can harness his badass attitude, win or die trying personality and put it behind some decent boxing skills. Yea I know he is what he is, but even some small tweaks can favor his chances drastically.

Virgil Hunter's been trying to improve his D, but its like you say, Angulo is what he is. He's just one of those "quien es el mas macho" type of fighters that loves to bang.

Glass Joe says:

I think it would be a mistake for Angulo to alter his style at this point. He is a pressure fighter, and adding "boxing" would likely diminish all those things that make him dangerous. Sure, more head movement would help, but what will get Canelo in trouble (potentially) is Angulo's relentless pressure and hard shots. He proved it against Lara. This should be a very entertaining battle.

amayseng says:

I think it would be a mistake for Angulo to alter his style at this point. He is a pressure fighter, and adding "boxing" would likely diminish all those things that make him dangerous. Sure, more head movement would help, but what will get Canelo in trouble (potentially) is Angulo's relentless pressure and hard shots. He proved it against Lara. This should be a very entertaining battle.


I think he needs to move his head and come in at angles not straight lines. You can come forward a step and angle right and throw good combinations being away from Canelos right hand.

One thing is for sure Angulo will have less trouble finding Canelo then he did Lara who is more elusive and smooth.

Canelo's showing against Floyd was absolutely terrible. I rewatched the fight this week and he did very little. Floyd is really good but he isnt good enough to where are 23 year old doesnt step on the gas and pressure him at ALL.

by round 10 canelo should have been galloping to him and forcing exchanges.

you have to punch when floyd punches, there is no other window.

Canelo's POOR effort against floyd results in me not buying this ppv.

Glass Joe says:

I think he needs to move his head and come in at angles not straight lines. You can come forward a step and angle right and throw good combinations being away from Canelos right hand.

One thing is for sure Angulo will have less trouble finding Canelo then he did Lara who is more elusive and smooth.

Canelo's showing against Floyd was absolutely terrible. I rewatched the fight this week and he did very little. Floyd is really good but he isnt good enough to where are 23 year old doesnt step on the gas and pressure him at ALL.

by round 10 canelo should have been galloping to him and forcing exchanges.

you have to punch when floyd punches, there is no other window.

Canelo's POOR effort against floyd results in me not buying this ppv.


I just can't equate a poor showing against Mayweather with his potential performance against Angulo. Different fighters, different styles. If anything, this should prove to be much more competitive than the FM fight, which is why I'll buy it. Perhaps he didn't pressure Mayweather because he couldn't find him -- a situation that will certainly not be the case with Angulo.

amayseng says:

I just can't equate a poor showing against Mayweather with his potential performance against Angulo. Different fighters, different styles. If anything, this should prove to be much more competitive than the FM fight, which is why I'll buy it. Perhaps he didn't pressure Mayweather because he couldn't find him -- a situation that will certainly not be the case with Angulo.


It can be done. Frazier found Ali, multiple times. Hearns found Sugar Ray Leonard. Chavez found Sweat Pea.

Canelo showed NO such effort. His effort was embarrassing.

Embarrassing.

Glass Joe says:

Well (and this may be why you won't buy the fight): Canelo (thus far) ain't no Joe Frazier, Thomas Hearns or (certainly) JC Chavez.

amayseng says:

I just expected more out of Canelo who had the biggest opportunity of his entire life in front of him. He is a good fighter with good strengths and yet some weaknesses. Will this fight be violent and exciting? Yes it will. Is it worth 70$? For me no.

But that doesnt mean I wont stream it. haha

kidcanvas says:

we really dont know anything about Alvarez, he hasnt fought anyone aside from floyd and u saw how that went when he stepped up to the A league. Angulo is a real fighter and he has a good shoot at taking this i think if he can get canelo in the later rounds.. either way , i like this fight

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