Alfredo Angulo has declared himself “ready to take over the division at 160” starting with his middleweight debut in support of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s rematch with Marcos Maidana on Sept.13.
“I’m happy fighting at 160,” said Angulo (22-4, 18 knockouts), who is coming off consecutive 10th round stoppage losses to junior middleweights Erislandy Lara and Alvarez. “It’s a lot better than 154. I wasn’t having trouble making weight; I just feel better at 160. I’m ready to take over the division at 160.”
Angulo will fight at an agreed 162 pounds against James De La Rosa (22-2, 13 KOs), 26, who was last in action for a seventh round stoppage of Fabian Reyes on August 2.
“I honestly don’t focus on my opponent. I focus on the work I have to do,” said Angulo, 32, in his fifth fight under trainer Virgil Hunter.
“Virgil grades [the fights] and tells me what I need to do. I don’t even know who the fighters are at 160. Honestly, I don’t focus on the names. I don’t even know the names at 154. What is most important to me is the fans. Whoever they put in front of me is fine.”
Note: Quotes provided by Golden Boy Promotions from a round table discussion.