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James Kirkland is Likely To Make Ring Return in October

By Rick Reeno

Junior middleweight contender James Kirkland (31-1, 27KOs) will likely return to the ring in the month of October, according to the boxer's legal adviser and co-manager Michael Miller.

Following his March ten round disqualification win over Carlos Molina, Kirkland underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair two tears in his right shoulder.

Miller told BoxingScene.com that Kirkland's rehabilitation is being carefully paced to ensure a 100% recovery.

Kirkland was offered the opportunity to fight WBC champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 15th at the MGM Grand, but his handlers wanted to avoid the scenario of a rushed rehabilitation and the possibility of reinjuring the shoulder.

Based on the outline of his rehab schedule, Kirkland should be fully capable to begin sparring in the month of August.

A tuneup, to test the durability of the shoulder, is being targeted for October.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 05-20-2012

lack of defense & satmaina & impressive vs class B fighters will get Kirk a shot late next year, maybe...Canel will KO him if he isn't beat sooner but his mgmt won't let him fight any1 dangerous, watch...he'll avoid Lara…

Comment by rudyyr on 05-19-2012

yeah, it was a good decision for Kirkland honestly. The guy is not 100% after the injury so a tuneup fight or two and he should be ready next year. I dont think they will match canelo against lara..not many…

Comment by BoxingGenius27 on 05-19-2012

[QUOTE=Mr. Fantastic;12147784]Where is BoxingGenius? :lol1: Offered the fight but his handlers wanted to avoid a rushed rehabilitation. I [I]F[/I]UCKING TOLD YOU SO!!![/QUOTE] What are you talking about lol We already established two days ago that Kirkland wouldn't make the September…

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 05-19-2012

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;12147290]Canelo avoids Kirkland!! :lol1:..j/k but he's not looking at Lara...a dude who has looked impressive...instead he's looking at dudes who have looked unimpressive..smh...time for the kid to step up and be a man imo!!...there's dudes like myself who don't mind…

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 05-19-2012

Where is BoxingGenius? :lol1: Offered the fight but his handlers wanted to avoid a rushed rehabilitation. I [I]F[/I]UCKING TOLD YOU SO!!!

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