Angulo (19-1, 16 knockouts), who turned 29 on the day that he signed on Thursday, has stopped each of his past four opponents since losing to Kermit Cintron by a unanimous decision in May 2009 but hasn’t fought since he knocked out Joachim Alcine in July of last year.
“Yes it is correct. We have signed Alfredo Angulo,” Schaefer wrote in an e-mail to RingTV.com. “Alfredo is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and a real threat to anyone in the 154-pound weight class.”
Angulo’s previous promoter, Gary Shaw, reached a financial agreement with Golden Boy to pass on the rights of Angulo, who has been inactive due in large part to visa issues that prevent him from fighting in the United States.
“We have BIG plans for Alfredo, and we are proud to have him join the Golden Boy stable,” wrote Schaefer. “I want to thank Gary Shaw for the great work he has done with Alfredo and for his help in structuring a deal. I want to thank as well his management team lead by Michael Miller and Cameron Dunkin.”
Those plans begin with Angulo fighting Joseph Gomez (17-4-1, 8 KOs) of Bloomfield, New Mexico, on Aug. 20 at Nido Sport Center in Angulo’s native Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
“I always want to give the fans a great show and I work hard to get to my goal of retiring as a world champion,” said Angulo, in a statement released by Golden Boy on Thursday.
“I believe Golden Boy Promotions is the right company to further my career and achieve my goals in boxing. I can’t wait to become Golden Boy’s next world champion.”
Angulo has befuddled and angered Shaw when he turned down a $750,000 pay day to face then-WBC middleweight beltholder Sergio Martinez. The bout would have marked Angulo’s fifth appearance on HBO in his previous six fights.
Angulo was to face Martinez at a catch weight of about 155 or 156 pounds.
“When a fighter doesn’t think that $750,000 is a lot of money anymore, then that’s a problem,” said Shaw at the time. “There’s such a thing as pricing yourself out, because Angulo had everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
BoxingScene.com first reported the signing of Angulo.
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