What’s in name? Not much for Alfredo Angulo.
For whether its beltholders Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Austin Trout, Cornelius Bundrage or Zaurbek Baysangurov, of the WBC, WBA, IBF or WBO, respectively, the Mexican junior middleweight contender said he is ready to take any of them on.
“I don’t fight names. I fight opponents. I fight whoever is in front of me to get through him. So to me, right now, the name Canelo doesn’t mean anything,” said Angulo, 30, who is promoted by Golden Boy.
“Right now, I have another opponent, so that’s who I fight. That’s the next one in front of me. It’s up to my promoter, and it’s up to my trainer who they put in front of me, and I’m ready to fight.”
Angulo (21-2, 18 knockouts) will return to the ring for Saturday night’s clash Mexico’s Jorge Silva (19-2-2, 15 KOs) as part of a Showtime-televised triple-header at the Los Angeles Sport Arena.
Also on the card is heavyweight Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (25-0, 25 KOs) against Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KOs), as well as former IBF and WBA junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) opposite Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs) — not to be confused with junior middleweight Carlos Molina.
Angulo ended a one-year ring absence and returned from an eight-month stay at the El Centro Detention Center in El Centro, Calif., with last month’s 56-second stoppage of Raul Casarez, ending the loser’s 10-fight winning streak that had included five knockouts.
Nicknamed, “Perro,” or, “Dog,” Angulo entered his clash with Casarez coming of an exciting sixth-round knockout loss to James Kirkland in November of last year.
Angulo was stopped for the first time in his career by Kirkland, ending his streak of five straight knockout victories since falling by unanimous decision to Kermit Cintron in May of 2009.
Angulo was released in August from the detention center after winning his court case involving immigration matters on July 30, this, following his retention at the facility 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.
Against Silva, Angulo will be in his second fight under reigning Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter, who is also working with Khan.
Hunter 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.
In victory over Silva, Angulo might look to capture one of the division’s four major titles.
“I don’t care about the name or the belt — WBA, WBC,” said Angulo. “Whoever the opponent is, that would be a great opportunity for me.”
While the 22-year-old Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) is the beltholder with the marquee name, the 27-year-old Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision over four-time, three-division titlewinner Miguel Cotto on Dec. 1 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, where Cotto was 7-0 with four stoppage wins.
Although Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs) is 39, he owns a fifth-round knockout victory over Baysangurov (28-1, 20 KOs), a 27-year-old winner of nine straight fights, six of them by stoppage, since falling to Bundrage in December of 2008.
“I’m ready for the title fight right now. I’m working now. The decision is up to my trainer Virgil Hunter and Golden Boy,” said Angulo. “I’d be ready to fight for the belt tomorrow. I don’t care who the champions are now. I’m ready. I’m working very hard.”
“Every fight when two fighters are Mexican, it’s a really good fight. [Alvarez] has a lot of heart,” said Angulo. “When you fight another Mexican, you’re talking about fights like Barrera and Morales. Those were good fights. Fighting another Mexican like [Alvarez] would be great.”
Photo by Harry How, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions
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