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Q&A: Angulo discusses Lara fight
Alfredo Angulo says his work with trainer Virgil Hunter is taking him back to fundamentals and adding deeper tactics to his game, which will mean a great fight for fans when he faces Erislandy Lara on June 8.
Hard-hitting junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo will return to action against southpaw Erislandy Lara in the June 8 co-feature to the Marcos Maidana-Josesito Lopez welterweight main event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., which will be broadcast on Showtime.
On a two-bout winning streak since being knocked out by James Kirkland in November of 2011, Angulo (22-2, 18 knockouts) will be facing his most difficult test in Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs), whose last fight ended in a technical draw with unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan.
Lara also battled to a draw with Carlos Molina in July of 2011, and lost a majority decision to ex-beltholder Paul Williams that most thought he won in June of 2012. Following those two fights he scored a first-round knockout of Ronald Hearns and then a unanimous decision over Freddy Hernandez.
Nicknamed, "Perro," or, "Dog," Angulo rode a streak of five straight knockout victories into his clash with Kirkland, his only loss at the time being a unanimous decision favoring Kermit Cintron in May of 2009.
Between the Kirkland and Casarez fights, Angulo was forced to take a long layoff due to an eight-month stay at the El Centro Detention Center, located just under 14 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, for having "overstayed his U.S. visa," according to his manager and counsel, Michael Miller.
Angulo was released in August after winning his court case.
Angulo will face Lara in his third fight under reigning Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter, who is most known for guiding the career of RING, WBA, WBC and Showtime Super Six World Super Middleweight Boxing Classic Champion Andre Ward, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist who was named Fighter of The Year for 2011 by the Boxing Writers' Association of America.
Angulo shared his thoughts with RingTV.com in this Q&A, translated by Lucy Haro:
RingTV.com: How is everything?
RingTV.com: Was it good, in the end, to have gone the distance against Silva given the potential for a long fight against a boxer such as Lara?
RingTV.com: How much is body punching and cutting off the ring going to be a strategical factor against Lara?
I mean, I don't want to be just chasing him around the entire time. The fans are going to want a fight, and I'm going to try to make it a fight because that's what I want as well.
RingTV.com: How is your new relationship with Hunter and what are you learning?
But Virgil loves strategies and mental games and he brings that. I see all of that as a benefit, and everything that Virgil is teaching me is all about the fight plan.
That's my focus every day. Virgil is always thinking of strategy, strategies, strategies, and I think that the fans will see that when I fight Lara.
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