By Ryan Burton
Notifight.com/BoxingScene.com recently reported that former WBC super welterweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has selected Alfredo "Perro" Angulo to be his opponent on March 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The fight will be distributed by Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Angulo isn't the type of fighter to call out out names but it is no secret that he would love to face Canelo. He said that he hopes to hear something soon in regards to the possibility of the fight coming to fruition.
"I haven't gotten a contract yet but hopefully what he said is true. I have had people calling me and congratulating me but I haven't gotten the official word. I would be grateful for the opportunity," Angulo stated.
Angulo last fought in June when he was stopped by Erislandy Lara. Angulo knocked the Cuban down twice but stopped fighting when a huge hematoma formed outside of his eye and he lost vision in the eye. After the fight Angulo's team said that they believed Lara's thumb caused the damage. Lara and his team denied the accusation and said that the claims were nothing more than sour grapes. Needless to say there is no love lost between the two camps, so I asked Angulo what he thought about him getting the fight against Canelo instead of Lara, who left the ring that night with the victory.
"I think it come's down to styles. I think that the style of Lara isn't what the fans want to see. I think they want to see a fight in the ring and they know I will give them that," said Angulo.
While a victory over Canelo would skyrocket Angulo's career and likely bring him more big fights, El Perro also feels the fight would provide Alvarez with the opportunity to prove he can beat a legit 154 pound fighter. In the past Alvarez has received criticism for facing smaller fighters like Alfonso Gomez, Josesito Lopez and Carlos Baldomir.
"This is would be a big opportunity for me obviously but also for him. He would have a chance to prove he belongs with the true 154 pound fighters," Angulo told BoxingScene.com.
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