A representative for Alfredo Angulo has confirmed a report that THE RING’s No. 8-rated junior middleweight is being held at the El Centro Detention Center in El Centro, Calif., pending the resolution of “immigration matters” involving the Mexican-born fighter.
“Alfredo Angulo overstayed his U.S. visa, and he is in El Centro, Calif. We’re finalizing his paperwork to allow him to come across and to live in the United States,” Michael Miller, Angulo’s boxing manager and counsel who facilitated the hiring of the immigration expert who is assisting the fighter.
“Alfredo hasn’t committed any crime or anything. The center is kind of a holding facility while we work on our paperwork. He can either be in Mexico waiting for all of this, or he can be on this side. If he chooses to wait on this side, then his only option is to wait at a detention center.”
Miller said that Angulo has been held for “about four or five months” at the El Centro Service Processing Center, an immigration detention facility located just under 14 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
“He wants to be able to come here to fight again, to live in the U.S., pay taxes here and see his daughter, who lives here in the U.S. My understanding is that he is going to have a hearing,” said Miller.
“We’re going to find out this week when his hearing is, but hopefully, it will be by the first part of July or the end of June. We will hopefully have had our hearing, and they will rule that he can come and live again in the U.S., legally, and he will get a resident alien card, all sins will be forgiven and he’ll be good to go.”
Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) was last in the ring in November, when he lost by an exciting, sixth-round knockout to southpaw James Kirkland.
Angulo was stopped for the first time in his career, ending his streak of five straight knockout victories since losing by unanimous decision to Kermit Cintron in May of 2009.
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