IBF #7 rated junior middleweight Deandre “Bull” Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) has ripped into WBO interim 154lb champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) after news that Angulo has been offered a bout with current middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Latimore says he’s stunned that a bout like that was even being considered. “Angulo has done nothing to show that he belongs in the same ring with Martinez,” stated Latimore. “If they fought a twelve rounder, Martinez would win 13-0. They’ve built up Angulo like he’s some sort of beast but he’s done nothing to lend any credibility to that” said Latimore.
“The bottom line is that a fight between Angulo and I would be an all-action bout. We’re both young, aggressive fighters, it’s the perfect fight for HBO to put on one of their Boxing After Dark card. Then the winner gets a bigger fight. That’s how it should be done and it works best for the fans, instead of just anointing some dude as the next big thing like they are with Angulo.”
The 24-year-old Latimore scored a brutal third round stoppage of Darien Ford on July 24th in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
Angulo has a long resume of spectacular KOs, including a first round knockout of former junior middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine on July 17th, but none of his accomplishments have impressed the Latimore camp.
“When we first mentioned a fight between Latimore and Angulo last week, the media and fans loved the idea,” said Rumble Time Promotions Steve Smith. “Now it’s just up to Angulo to either except a true challenge or continue to pad his record with guys who don’t belong in the ring with him.”