By Michael Marley
Who let the dog out?
That's not the question when it comes to the shattered professional boxing career of crowdpleaser Alfredo "Perro" Angulo.
The only remaining question is when ICE, the Immmigration and Customs Enforcement agency of the federal government, will remove the 19-1, 16 KOs slugger out of the United States and send him back to his native country of Mexico.
I learned through several sources, including Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, that HBO's legal department has advised Angulo promoter Gary Shaw that because the action fighter is in America illegally the prime cable network will not use him on its airwaves.
"Nobody is going to touch this guy," Arum told me. "Nobody is interested now because of the huge legal problem. He picked the wrong time to be an illegal immigrant in our country, that's for sure."
Other sources tell me that the news that Angulo first entered the U.S. illegally, was later deported back to Mexico, and then snuck back in at least a second time - blindsided both Shaw, who has spent time and money over about four years building his burgeoning career, and manager Mike Criscio.
Criscio and Shaw contacted boxing's premier immigration lawyer, Los Angeles-based Frank Ronzio, to see what could be to alter or adjust Angulo's status.
There was no good news forthcoming on that front from either side of the border.
Certainly, no American politician is going to bat for an illegal, even an athletic celebrity like Angulo, and especially not in the current heated climate in which both the Democratic and Republican parties are battling over what to do about the tide of illegals in a trying economic period.
"Angulo never told anybody about it," a source familiar with the situation said Tuesday. "He was at ringside at the Sergio Mora-Shane Mosley fight in L.A.. acting like he doesn't have a care in the world. He is as brazen outside the ring as he is in it when that opening bell rings."
Attempts to reach Shaw and Criscio were unsuccessful.
Angulo. who was born in border city Mexicali, had a significant amateur career. He represented Mexico in the 2004 Olympics but dropped a 38-23 decision to Ireland's Andy Lee. He also won a bronze medal in the 2003 Pan American Games.
His lone pro defeat came at the hands of rugged Kermit Cintron, by unanimous decision over 12 rounds in a WBC super welterweight elimination bout in Hollywood, Florida, on May 3, 2009.
I asked informed sources whether HBO or Showtime would screen an Angulo bout or bouts out of Mexico.
"I don't think so," one veteran boxing man said. "It's different than when Showtime televised Edwin Valero in a fight from Mexico. Valero was barred from entry because of a DWI case in Las Vegas. I don't think he had been deported and then brazenly snuck back into the U.S."
In his two most recent bouts, Angulo (who wears a dog collar around his neck to sumbolize his ferociousness) defeated the once highly touted Joel Julio and then blasted out Joachim Alcine in one round on July 17 in California.
It looks like that fight will be Angulo's last in America.
This immigration fight, given his past illegal conduct, is one he cannot possibly win.
Michael Marley is the national boxing examiner for examiner.com. To read more stories by Michael Marley, Click Here.