Canelo Alvarez Doesn't Feel Angulo Quit Against Lara

By Keith Idec

Canelo Alvarez doesn’t think Alfredo Angulo quit against Erislandy Lara.

Despite the bad blood between the Mexican fighters as their March 8 bout nears, the former WBC super welterweight champion suspects the pain Angulo suffered around his left eye that night was simply unbearable. Otherwise, there would’ve been no reason to halt a fight Angulo had a strong chance to win after knocking down Lara in the fourth and ninth rounds June 8 in Carson, Calif.

Angulo led, 86-83, on judge Marty Denkin’s scorecard at the time of the stoppage. The two other judges, Max DeLuca and Robert Hoyle, had Lara ahead by the same score (85-84).

Regardless, Alvarez was impressed with Angulo’s performance, particularly after a slow start against the technically superior Cuban southpaw.

“He showed tremendous heart,” Alvarez said. “He did great. At that moment, if it would’ve gone the distance he would’ve won the fight. He was winning and he would’ve won the fight. You never know what kind of pain went through him and made him decide to stop the fight at that moment. It’s unknown.”

It initially was feared Angulo sustained a fractured orbital bone against Lara (19-1, 12 KOs), but he walked away without any serious injuries. While some have applauded Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) for fighting through the pain, others have criticized him for turning away and refusing to continue after a Lara punch created grotesque swelling around Angulo’s left eye in the 10th round of a scheduled 12-rounder at StubHub Center.

Angulo’s explanation after the fight was that he didn’t quit, that he simply turned around to tell trainer Virgil Hunter he had been thumbed in his left eye. Angulo told USA Today that Lara used “dirty” tactics, but there was not video evidence to support Angulo’s claim of getting thumbed in the eye.

Angulo has not fought since losing to Lara. Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) will fight for the first time since losing a one-sided, 12-round decision to undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs) on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by VatoMulatto on 03-07-2014

[QUOTE=ElMeroChingon;14290042]Lara fans are just mad because people dont like to watch boring fighters like they do:bottle:[/QUOTE] Haha more like Canelo fans mad cause they know he will struggle against Lara so they come up with some really funny and lame…

Comment by otrocubiche on 03-04-2014

"thumb in eye"... with thumbless glove, uhm that lara must be even better than we think, maybe next time he'll use jedi tricks.

Comment by GhostBlade on 03-04-2014

Angulo potentially had a career ending injury. He had to look out for his health and career long term. Going another two rounds would have been a huge mistake. Besides, he got a fight against Canelo so even with a…

Comment by CANELOLUJAH on 03-04-2014

should have been an standing 8 count and if he didnt want to continue let that be a TKO Victory for lara.

Comment by mex602 on 03-04-2014

[QUOTE=Erik1984;14289941]I will be as stubborn as the Lara nuts huggers............ According to what I saw LARA is not better than MOLINA OR VANES. He draw with them...OHHH and lost against Paul Williams ....... So that means MOLINA AND VANES ARE…

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