August 27, 2016
August 27, 2016
Alfredo Angulo

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Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (25-5, 20 KOs) returns to action this weekend against fellow countryman Freddy Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs). The fight will be broadcast live as part of the Robert Guerrero – David Emanuel Peralta undercard from Anaheim, California.

“I’m very excited to fight on Saturday night against Freddy Hernandez,” said Angulo. “With two Mexican warriors in the ring, the fans will be the true winners.”

As far as warriors go, “El Perro” Angulo was once up there with the best of them. In his prime, he was never particularly flashy but he cut off the ring authoritatively, had the ability to block punches with his noggin like very few people could, and, above all, he could bang.

Eleven consecutive knockout victories early in his career led to Angulo’s first significant match, a WBC title eliminator against Kermit Cintron in which he was outboxed in textbook fashion.

After the loss, an undeterred and fundamentally unchanged Angulo went on a second knockout streak that further fueled his brawler persona. This one left Gabriel Rosado Joel Julio and three others in its wake, and planted him firmly among the top junior middleweights at the time.

He rode this wave of notoriety until he had to face the equally vicious James Kirkland in November of 2011. The bell rang and the two immediately swung for the fences. They traded knockouts in an epic opening round and gave the fans an entertaining scrap that ended with Kirkland stopping Angulo in the sixth.

It was a tough loss for Angulo. He took some time off and eventually sought out the guidance of the cerebral Virgil Hunter in Oakland but the pairing led to mixed results.

After a second mini-retirement, Angulo is back at it again and hoping to reclaim some of what he feels he lost along the way.

“I was off for a while but with my new trainer, Romulo Quirarte, I feel much stronger and will fight like ‘El Perro’ of old with the same passion,” said Angulo.

On Saturday night, we find out if that passion will produce the required results or if Angulo’s ship has officially sailed.