Kirkland: I Have a Special Ass Whooping For Canelo!

By Ryan Burton recently caught up with junior middleweight contender James Kirkland. The Texas native has been out the ring since early last year as he waits on the outcome of his lawsuit against his promoter Golden Boy Promotions. 

Kirkland is known for his power and his exciting style in the ring. He said that if his case is ruled in his favor he hopes to face one of the top fighters in his division before the year is out. 

"I am one of those fighters who wants to give a good fight. I am the type of person who wants to give the fans what they want to see and that is a fight," Kirkland explained.

"I'm not running from or dodging anyone. Whether its (Austin) Trout, (Canelo) Alvarez, (Miguel) Cotto or (Floyd)  Mayweather. None of them people  I'm just waiting to see what happens and if everything goes as planned the sky is the limit."

Trout's performance in his loss to Alvarez on April 20th didn't impress Kirkland.

According to Kirkland, the way to beat Alvarez is to throw a lot of punches and make him feel your power. He didn't think that Trout had the power necessary to pull off the upset.

"A person that is going to get his respect is a person who is going to come and hit him with so many shots, with combinations, moving, knowing how to make him miss and make him pay. That's how you beat Alvarez. People look at him like he's on a high but he is really just a regular fighter," Kirkland told

I asked Kirkland if he would be willing to move up to middleweight if he couldn't get a fight against any of the names he mentioned. He said that he might be even more powerful at 160 but insisted that he has his sights firmly set on facing Alvarez.   Kirkland was offered a fight against Canelo last September but wasn't happy with the money being offered and has been in a legal battle ever since. 

"It really doesn't matter (where I get a title shot). At 160 I can be even more comfortable but at 154 I definitely want to fight Canelo.  That is my game plan but I have a special ass whooping strictly for him. I most definitely want to make something happen as soon as possible but I need to wait till (my court date on) May 13th to see what is going to happen,"  said Kirkland.

Send questions or comments to [email protected] Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to BoxingScene Radio, BoxingScene's official audio on Tuesdays from 6-8PM PST. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zelong Dong on 05-16-2013

Kirkland is horrible. Canelo or Trout would give James a terrific beating

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 05-16-2013

Golden boy will probably get revenge on him by making a kirkland-GGG fight

Comment by AHUEVO on 05-16-2013

[QUOTE=DoubleMM;13341412]Kirkland has the style to beat Canelo, possibly by KO.[/QUOTE] Bahahaha yes and you also believe that Trout will beat Martinez. lol

Comment by LilCzar on 05-08-2013

SMH....No matter the outcome of the lawsuit, Kirkland's career will be the big loser. He lucked into this fight last year because of all of the bizarre circumstances, but got greedy and ended up screwing himself.

Comment by Thickback on 05-08-2013

I think Golden Boy will make this fight because they know Canelo would beat the snot out of Kirkland. This dude is an idiot with the decisions he makes.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (96)
Top Headlines DeGale Confident That He'll Beat, Expose Weaknesses in Golovkin Roach Admits: Crawford is NOT My Favorite Fight For Pacquiao Schaefer: I Couldn't Be Coming Back With a Better Fight Card Crawford To Face PBC Fighter Next? Then Pacquiao in 2017? Roach: Pacquiao is Too Big, Lomachenko is Not That Good Javier Fortuna vs. Omar Douglas Camp Notes Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko is The Fight Arum Wants To Make Most Terry Flanagan vs. Orlando Cruz on November 26, Motorpoint Roach: Golden Boy Protecting Their 'Cash Cow' From Golovkin John Molina Wants to Dethrone 140 Kingpin Terence Crawford Schaefer Explains Ringstar Business Model, PBC Relationship Roach Still Wants Pacquiao vs. Canelo: I Love That Fight! Parker's Promoter Still Pushing To Keep Ruiz Fight in Auckland Manny Pacquiao: I Need a Convincing Win To Prove I'm Still Here Scott Quigg Makes Featherweight Debut on Anthony Joshua Card Pacquiao vs. Vargas Lands on BoxNation Katie Taylor Inks Promotional With Eddie Hearn, Pro Debut Set Oscar De La Hoya: 2016 is Maybe The Worst Year For Boxing Roach: I Don't Think Andre Ward is The Fighter He Used To Be Video: Freddie Roach Talks Golovkin, Kovalev vs. Ward, More Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Have Retirement Pact in Place Video: Justin Fortune Discusses The Heavyweight Division Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: Sure, Why Not Video: Bob Arum Talks Schaefer, Trump, King, UFC, More Arum: I Would NEVER Do Pacquiao vs. Golovkin - It Was a Joke! Video: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work For Vargas Title Clash Video: Freddie Roach on Thurman-Garcia, Lebedev-Gassiev, More Mason Menard's Fight Now Off Due To Bookkeeping Issue Molina Still Wants Danny Garcia Fight: He Has Holes in His Armor Video: Manny Pacquiao Talks Camp, Retirement, Vargas, More Demetrius Andrade Very Motivated as Jack Culcay Clash Nears Photos: Manny Pacquiao Putting in Work at Wild Card Gym Canelo Says The Ball is in Golovkin's Court: Accept The Offer! Ricardo Mayorga Crashes Into Taxi, Pursued For 200K in Damages Canelo Eager To Prove WBO Prez's Prediction of Mayweather KO Vences: A Win Over Casey Ramos Will Open A lot of Doors For Me Photos: Juanma, Vazquez Explode in Very Tense Final Presser Ustinov's Manager Expects WBA To Order Klitschko Title Fight Premier Boxing Champions Reveal Season 3 Schedule Helenius Faces Basile on 12/17, Chisora Rematch Eyed For March

Latest Active Forum Threads