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Schaefer: Angulo's Style Earned Him Canelo Fight

By Keith Idec

Alfredo Angulo lost his last fight to Erislandy Lara by technical knockout and has been stopped in two of his past four fights.

That doesn’t make him any less deserving, according to Richard Schaefer, of his March 8 pay-per-view fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions’ chief executive officer, considers Angulo’s history of participating in exciting fights more important than the rugged Mexican’s win-loss record (22-3, 18 KOs).

“You don’t just get the opportunity, you earn the opportunity,” Schaefer said on a conference call to promote the Alvarez-Angulo fight. “And I think Alfredo has earned that in the way he fights. Boxing has really moved [in a direction], I think, particularly in the last couple of years or so, where excitement, win or lose, is being more rewarded. And fighters don’t really have to go back in the line if they lose in exciting fashion. And sometimes, an exciting loss these days is frankly more valuable than a boring win.”

The 31-year-old Angulo’s loss to Lara definitely offered its share of excitement. Angulo dropped Lara (19-1, 12 KOs) in the fourth and ninth rounds of their scheduled 12-round fight for the interim WBA 154-pound title, but he lost by 10th-round TKO after he chose not to continue once a punch Lara landed caused grotesque swelling around Angulo’s left eye. Angulo’s slugfest against James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) in November 2011 also was one of the most entertaining fights of that year, but Kirkland also stopped Angulo in the sixth round.

Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs), who’ll fight for the first time since Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs) dominated him Sept. 14 in Las Vegas, is about a 9-1 favorite two weeks before their scheduled 12-rounder at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Angulo thinks Alvarez, 23, picked him as an opponent as much because Showtime will televise the fight via pay-per-view as much as anything.

“He’s a smart fighter,” Angulo said. “And he knows he wanted to prove to his fans that he wanted to fight a good fighter, a fighter that’s very strong and, most importantly, a fighter that makes exciting fights. I know that I’ve proven throughout my career that I always give exciting fights. I think that’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to make a good show and we’re going to put on an exciting fight.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by budfr on 02-21-2014

[QUOTE=garfios;14255929]Now I know you are an idiot...[/QUOTE] No, you are. You are an idiot and a coward. Only cowards like coward boxers. No wonder nobody wants to have Lara, Rigo, etc on their cards. Only cowards watch them. Not even…

Comment by budfr on 02-21-2014

[QUOTE=bigsmoothh;14254025]Me too, it's been a couple of times since on the cinco de mayo weekend we throw parties, and have to watch Floyd skills for 12 rds. Frankly I'm tired of Floyd and would rather see PAC or Canelo on…

Comment by garfios on 02-21-2014

[QUOTE=budfr;14255918]Lara is afraid of canelo, not the other way around. Angulo hurt Lara but in a bad accident for Angulo, he hurt his eye severely. Lara is a coward, always hugs to take advantage and is a runner. Molina was…

Comment by budfr on 02-21-2014

[quote=davetheone;14255809]the best should only fight the best. That's how its done in football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer; all professional sports. Fights like this and mayweather vs khan and garcia vs herrera are proof that boxing is not a professional sport.…

Comment by budfr on 02-21-2014

[QUOTE=hit_the_streets;14254710]I agree with this. I don't think it should be on PPV but that's business i guess. I don't think they put him in with Lara. Cinnamon is Golden Boy's future cash cow and Lara would put a beating on…

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