By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez met with the media after his TKO victory over countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight somewhat lived up to its title “Toe to Toe” as both Alvarez and Angulo scrapped it out for ten rounds and had their moments. The two fighters had everything at stake as they were coming off losses.
“What a great night of boxing these four fights were definitely. ‘Toe to Toe.’ Great performance from all those fighters on the card,” Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer said in opening the post-fight press conference.
“El Perro” did not make it to the press room as he was taken to the hospital for precautionary safety measures. Angulo’s trainer Virgil Hill talked to media on Angulo’s behalf. “It’s very disappointing,” stated Hill. “I thought it was a tough fight for Alfredo, very tough for me also to watch him in a tough fight. I care about him so much as a fighter and individual.”
Hill was seen in the corner between the last two rounds of the fight pleading his case with the referee and ringside physician to let Angulo continue to fight on. “I am somewhat disappointed on the stoppage, but my hat goes off to him. I have nothing negative to say. I want to give Team Canelo, my congrats.”
Then the man of the hour “Canelo” walked up to podium. “I want to thank everyone for the support and I want to let you know there will be plenty more,” Alvarez stated. “We knew he didn’t have speed. He has always been a strong fighter. I thought he hit harder. I was able to accumulate my punches. He is a warrior inside the ring with lots of heart but I was simply doing my job. Like I said, I could box with him or go toe-to-toe to do whatever I wanted to do.
“We did our homework. We knew his style. We knew the right hand would connect often, we always have a plan but inside the ring sometimes things change.”
Schaefer mentioned that Golden Boy Promotions has the MGM Grand booked for a July card and mentioned the possibility of Canelo headlining. He also mentioned that there is interest in getting Canelo to fight at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Dallas, Texas.
“Whatever is best for the fans. Right now we will rest and decide things with my team, then we’ll see what’s next,” Alvarez said.
Moments after Alvarez spoke, junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara publicly challenged Canelo. “People want to see this fight,” Lara told Alvarez. Alvarez then asked everyone in the room, “Who wants to see this fight?” A few people in the media room made their comments and Canelo quickly replied. “That’s your manager isn’t it?” drawing laughs from the crowd. “This is not how you make fights you will have to wait,” Canelo told Lara.
Santa Cruz Talks About Victory over Mijares
WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, scored a unanimous decision over former world champion Cristian Mijares of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico in the Canelo-Angulo co-feature.
“I am happy for the victory tonight,” said Santa Cruz. “Mijares is a great fighter and gave everything he has. Every fight you will learn little by little. I learned a lot from this fight. I think I want to defend my title one more time at 122 and then move up to 126,” Santa Cruz said.
Schaefer also noted that the 25-year-old Santa Cruz will be ready to start headlining his own cards.
“If the fans want it, I am willing to give the fans whatever they want,” Santa Cruz concluded.
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