James Kirkland stops Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in a classic war

Saturday night’s fight between James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo was a fight that boxing fans were waiting for at least 3 years. The waiting was well worth it. In what will turn out as the round of the year, Alfredo Angulo knocked down James Kirkland in less than 30 seconds into the 1st round. Kirkland some how was able to overcome El Perro’s vicious attack to pick up his second wind towards the end of the round and drop Angulo down in final seconds. El Perro was basically saved by the bell. Had there been 30 seconds left, he would have been knocked out. Angulo punched himself out of the fight in that first round. He got a little too excited and went for the kill as soon as he dropped Kirkland. In boxing, fighters talk about going for the knockout and waiting for the knockout to come. Angulo clearly went for the knockout when he should have waited for the knockout to come. But, this is Angulo, a boxer who knows no other way to fight but to attack. There is a reason why he is called El Perro.

Rounds 2-6 were back and forth with Angulo trying the best to survive and hoping for a second wind. It looked like on the 3rd round that he was going to get his second wind but that didn’t last long as Kirkland kept the pressure on Angulo. In the 6th round, it was clearly that Angulo’s tank was empty. He was just on survival mode. When Kirkland connected with a right to Angulo’s face, it was only a matter of time before the ref would stop the fight and he did. The referee did a good job at stopping the fight. Angulo was not going to quit.

This is the type of boxing fight that makes people fall in love with boxing. What looked like another devastating 1st round knockout loss, Kirkland had one of the most amazing comebacks in boxing modern history. He and Anne Wolfe make a great team. A lot of credit should go to her for getting him mentally and physically prepare. I would love to see a rematch between these two in the near future. These are the fights that boxing fans live for.

2 Responses to “James Kirkland stops Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in a classic war”

  1. elfunkenstein Says:

    hell yeah, u captured the spirit of it all. amazing fight.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for your comment. I still can’t get the 1st round out of my head. Props to Angulo and Kirkland for giving us an amazing fight.

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