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Kirkland Says Canelo Will Need 'A lot More' To Beat Him

By Luis Sandoval

On May 5th, junior middleweight contender James Kirkland (31-1, 27KOs)sat ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and watched Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1, 29KOs) retain his WBC title with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over former three division world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley.

Canelo is now being positioned to headline his own HBO pay-per-view on September 15, also from the MGM Grand. Kirkland is the current frontrunner to face him.

Kirkland is recovering from shoulder surgery, which he required for an injury suffered in the March disqualification win over Carlos Molina. He expects to be 100% by September, and told BoxingScene.com that he's ready to challenge Canelo for the WBC title in the fall.

"He did a very, very beautiful job [against Mosley]. He came and put on a good show. He boxed, he was thinking, he threw combinations, he was smart. But I know one thing, when it comes to fighting a James Kirkland - what he brought to the table [against Mosley] - he's got to put on a lot more [for me]. Because I'm strictly a 100% fighter. They just know what they are getting themselves into when they step in the ring with Kirkland," Kirkland told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by garfios on 05-15-2012

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;12129789]Now I see you have beef with mexicans....so Molina was going to be KO...why? how? he was not standing on wobly legs to me he look as fresh as Kirkland....but o wait!!! Molina whoop Lara's arss so you hate on…

Comment by garfios on 05-15-2012

[QUOTE=whoseyourdaddy;12129758]He is obviously Cuban. every other sentence he has to mention Lara....which I don't blame him for thats the road that many boxers of non mexican desent have to endure. Some Mexican figthers are being help on the way to…

Comment by garfios on 05-15-2012

[QUOTE=b morph;12128710]i feel like canelo is very hittable, even the old shane mosley as well as a few other fighters i saw in the past were able to hit canelo, and yet i've never seen canelo in trouble so either…

Comment by garfios on 05-15-2012

[QUOTE=Mars Volta;12128283]exactly and your one of these nationalistic fan boys who needs to stfu and stop talking about your mediocre cuban boxers in a thread that has nothing to do with them :bryce:[/QUOTE] I'm comparing them with the route that…

Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 05-15-2012

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;12126215]I like Kirkland because he brings it and gives up an entertaining fight but in my opinion a boxer can beat him easy.[/QUOTE] Again, nothing easy about fighting Kirkland. How many here predicted that Angulo was going to kill him?…

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