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Alfredo Angulo: I Need to Beat Lara

Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

By Felipe Leon

The well-known adage is that you can’t teach an old dog new trick. As far as the thirty-year old Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18KOs) he is neither old nor capable of learning something new. After nearly eight months in an immigration detention center, Angulo of Mexicali, Mexico, was released last July and instead of going back to his old haunts in Los Angeles and its surroundings, he looked north for his next trainer and hooked up with Virgil Hunter, best known for helming the camps of Andre Ward and Amir Khan among others.

On Saturday, June 8th, from the Home Depot Center and broadcast live on Showtime, they will participate in their third bout together when Angulo faces once-beaten slick Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11KO) in a twelve round clash for the interim WBA light middleweight title. The bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions will be the semi-main event for the much anticipated welterweight face-off between Marcos “Chino” Maidana and Josesito Lopez.

“I come up for a couple of weeks and then Virgil goes down to LA for couple of weeks,” Angulo said when asked about the arrangement with his Oakland, CA, based trainer. “Thank God camp has been going great just like the other past two.”

In his first fight back since his imposed hiatus, Angulo, known for his no nonsense come forward style, did quick work of the obviously overmatched Raul Casarez who “Perro” stopped in fifty-six seconds of the first round. Many believed that despite the time away Angulo had not lost any of his abilities.

In his next fight, people began to have their doubts.

Angulo faced off against twenty-one year old Jorge “Pantera” Silva in a super welterweight ten rounder last December. Silva, fighting fourteen pounds over his natural weight, not only took everything that Angulo dished out but gave some back of his own.

Although giving Silva his due respect, Angulo vaguely hints that the Tijuana fighter had some sinister help alluding to PEDs and not just Silva’s Mexican cojones, “He is a good fighter with many tools and it was obvious he was well prepared but I have a lot of friends in Tijuana and I know what goes on down there. I can’t say much about it but he knows in his conscience what I am talking about.”

Angulo still won a ten round unanimous decision over Silva. Despite his questionable performance last December, the popular Angulo is back in the thick of things and now will face the Cuban stylist in a much anticipated match up.

“He is a very good boxer, he had a great fight against Paul Williams,” Angulo shared. “I hope our styles mesh so that we can give a great show to the fans.”

In his last five fights, Lara has had a more than average run, only losing one, a questionable majority decision to Paul Williams. Lara has beaten the tough Freddie Hernandez and knocked out Ronald Hearns in one. A draw against title challenger Carlos Molina and top five contender Vanes Martirosyan round out his last five outings.

With a win, Angulo will take a hold of the WBA interim title and quite possible a shot for the title that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez currently holds. For some time, Angulo was in the running to face cinnamon haired Alvarez but nothing solid has been mentioned to Angulo. All “Perro” knows is that his fight against Lara is an important one.

“It is very important. I have been in the top ten before and with a win here I would imagine that I would be in the top 2 or 3,” Angulo explains.

As far as what is next with a win, Angulo says that it is the farthest thing from his mind since he is fully concentrated on Lara. “We haven’t talked about it. I haven’t sat down with my promoters but I am sure we will after this fight. I have no favorite of who to face next. I respect them all and I am ready to face them.”

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