Alfredo Angulo/Photo courtesy of John Aguon/Spike, Premier Boxing Champions
Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo of Mexico was very good as a junior middleweight and once held an interim world title in that division. But a lot has happened since then.
Angulo is now fighting as a super middleweight. He has lost three of his past five bouts – the two victories in there were against journeymen – yet he believes he still has a world-title shot in him.
Angulo on Aug. 27 will take on countryman Freddy Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) at Honda Center underneath the welterweight bout between Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and David Peralta (on Spike). At a news conference Tuesday, Angulo spoke about the task at hand as well as what the future might hold for him.
“I want to show people that ‘El Perro’ is back and that I still want to compete in the biggest fights,” said Angulo, 33. “If I work hard, I think that I can have an opportunity by next year for a title shot. I have a great team in training and we’re working hard for this challenge. I want to put on a great show for the fans. I want fans to remember my fights and I think this will be the best fight of the night.”
Abner Mares/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions
Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens has lost only two fights during what has been a fine career that has seen him win world titles in three weight classes. Those two losses – to Jhonny Gonzalez and Leo Santa Cruz – have come in his past five fights. Mares lost a majority decision to Santa Cruz this past August in a battle for a vacant featherweight world title.
That doesn’t mean Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) wants a soft touch so he can get back into the win column. One look at Mares’ ring record and one knows that’s not Mares. It’s therefore no surprise that Mares will next be challenging Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) of Argentina for his featherweight title June 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on CBS).
Mares only wants the hard fights.
“Definitely, definitely,” said Mares, 30. “It will grab people’s attention and that’s the key point I want to make. I’m the type of fighter that wants to leave his career known as the fighter that never took an easy route and faced the tough fighters at their moment, at their times. And God willing, always came out on top. It’s not always going to be the same as my last fight. It was a great fight, a fight against Leo that I didn’t win, but I got the respect from people.”
Mares and Cuellar will tangle underneath the welterweight title fight between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Shawn Porter.