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Ann Wolfe: Kirkland Was Too Inactive To Face Canelo

By TMZ Sports

James Kirkland was simply not prepared to step in the ring with a fighter like Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez ... so says his ex-trainer Ann Wolfe who tells TMZ Sports he took the fight way too soon.

Kirkland suffered a brutal knockout in the third round of his fight with Alvarez this weekend in Houston... after parting ways with Wolfe (his longtime trainer) earlier this year.

Wolfe tells us ... Kirkland's first mistake was taking such a huge fight after a taking nearly a 17 month hiatus from the ring.

"He would have needed to have at least three warm up fights before stepping in the ring with Alvarez."

Wolfe says she has no bad blood toward Kirkland ... and although they didn't speak after the fight, she called James' mother afterward to make sure he was OK.

Wolfe says she doesn't really understand why Kirkland didn't bring her back as a trainer for the Canelo fight ... but says, "He will have to live with his decision."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SeekDaGreat on 05-13-2015

That's funny Ann, because was Kirkland also inactive for the past 2-years because that's how long Kirkland has ducked the fight. There was nothing you could have done to save him, which is why Kirkland has avoided the fight for…

Comment by Tobi.G on 05-13-2015

Wolfe would have kicked Alis nice butt.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 05-11-2015

[QUOTE=parrish duke;15676316]How do rumors get started - do your research , Ann Wolf chased Laila Ali all the way till Ali retired - she called Laila out in every interview etc...why would she duck the biggest payday in women's boxing…

Comment by Pound4PoundStud on 05-11-2015

[QUOTE=k1llu;15675719]doesn't he already have a round 1 or 2 ko loss to a Japanese substitute teacher?:thinking:[/QUOTE] Yes and Anne was not his trainer for that fight either. Not only did Kirkland need at least two or three fights prior to…

Comment by low blows on 05-11-2015

[QUOTE=parrish duke;15676316]How do rumors get started - do your research , Ann Wolf chased Laila Ali all the way till Ali retired - she called Laila out in every interview etc...why would she duck the biggest payday in women's boxing…

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