Freddie Roach: James Kirkland is at His Best With Ann Wolfe

By Ryan Burton

Last week, a deal was finalized for a February 25th pay-per-view event - which features former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5) making his ring return against James Kirkland (32-2).

The event will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and takes place at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.

Both fighters will be coming back from significant layoffs and ironically both of them are coming off defeats to the same man. The bout will be Cotto's first since losing a competitive decision to Canelo Alvarez in November of 2015. Kirkland's last fight was also against Alvarez. He was stopped in three rounds in March 2015 when they battled in Houston.


Ann Wolfe was not in Kirkland's corner in the loss to Alvarez. Both of his career losses have occurred when she was not in his corner.

For this reason Cotto's trainer, Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, expects the best version of Kirkland to be in the ring against his fighter.

"It seems like it makes a difference. It has before. He does fight better with her in the corner," said Roach.

Wolfe's training methods are very unorthodox and brutal. Roach acknowledged that the tactics are very effective for Kirkland who isn't very disciplined between fights.

"It is a little crazy but it works. It works for him but maybe not for everyone," Roach remarked.

As for Wolfe as a person, Roach said that underneath her mean demeanor she is a good person and didn't have a bad word to say about her.

"I like Ann Wolfe. She is a very nice person. When I met her I didn't expect her to say, 'hi Mr. Roach how are you?' But she is a very nice lady," Roach said while laughing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MrClutch85 on 12-19-2016

Kirkland is better with Wolfe that's a fact

Comment by Illmatic94 on 12-19-2016

i don't care if Chuck Norris was training him..the guy is coming off a brutal KO loss and is now headlining a PPV..this fight is trash. but of course I want Kirkland to win because I love when cherry picking…

Comment by Lou Cipher on 12-19-2016

Mann Wolfpu$$y can't do anything for this dude. Canelo turned his brain and balls upside down.

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 12-19-2016

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;17291423]Gotta love Ann Wolfe !! Wolfe and Kirkland are made for each other ! It's Kirklands fault to separate from this unique trainer !! I saw where she harnessed his azz and pulling weight in a plowed field like a…

Comment by Bravado on 12-19-2016

JK sucks. He just sucks. All Anne does is help him physically. He still has a chin made of the same materials as Amir Khan

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