Surprises Angulo & The Boxing World With Huge Comeback TKO
Win & Career Resurrection
By Bret "The Threat" Newton
Photos: Ray Flores
Middleweight James Kirkland (now 21-1, 18 KO's) shocked the
boxing world with not only a career resurrecting win, but a
comeback of a lifetime, stopping the expected-to-win
Alfredo Angulo in 6. The questions of Kirkland's chin from
his bizarre first round loss to Nobuhiro Ishida earlier this
year would be what loomed in everyone's mind going into this
fight. That question would not only be tested, but answered
with a reply not many saw coming.
From the opening round, Kirkland was all over Angulo.
Kirkland right away pressured Angulo to the ropes, but
within 30 seconds a counter right hand from Angulo sent
Kirkland down in an instant. The questions about his chin
had been answered and this fight was all but over. But, no
one questioned Kirkland's heart. Kirkland rose to his feet
as Angulo jumped in to finish off what looked to be a
finished fighter. Angulo landed everything he could on a
staggering Kirkland, but
Kirkland was throwing back. Soon enough, Angulo began to
punch himself out and it was Kirkland with the upper hand,
pounding Angulo against the ropes. Two left hooks and a
right hand sent Angulo down this time. And we're still in the very
From that point on, it was all Kirkland. Both men would give
good back-and-forth action for rounds 2 through 5, but it
was Kirkland dealing the better and more damaging shots.
In round 6, Angulo was barely standing on his own two feet
as Kirkland unleashed more combinations against the ropes.
Angulo began to take a beating and the referee had no choice
but to jump in and save him from further punishment. Final
time was 2:01.
Round 1 is a sure win for "Round of the Year". Angulo falls
to 29-2 with 26 KO's.
When looking back at the shocking loss to Ishida,
although Kirkland went down several times and had bad
reactions from punches that didn't have "power" written
on them, he did rise to his feet each time. Kirkland
only stayed down for the final knockdown as the referee
held him down, but Kirkland's heart was very much alive
and apparent in that fight as much as it was in this
one. Weather or not Kirkland has the chin to withstand a
big punch anymore, his heart and courage should never be
in question. And with Anne Wolfe back in his corner,
Kirkland now has the conditioning to weather those early
storms and give hell in return.
On the undercard middleweight prospect Peter Quillin (now
26-0, 20 KO's) stopped Craig McEwan in 6 rounds after an assault
against the ropes which many saw a bit premature. McEwan was
staggered by two right hands, but still had his guard up
when the referee jumped in. The fight was pretty uneventful
and awkward prior to the stoppage, yet Quillin appeared
to be in command. McEwan falls to 19-2 with 10
The event took place at the Centro de Cancun in Cancun,
Quintana Roo, Mexico.