Kirkland Explains Decision Not To Use Wolfe For Canelo

By Jake Donovan

The only loss on James Kirkland’s ledger came on a night when Ann Wolfe wasn’t just notably missing from his corner, but also not around to “babysit” and make sure he conducted himself as a fighter should through training camp. A lack of discipline cost Kirkland his perfect record, suffering a 1st round knockout versus journeyman Nobuhiro Ishida in April ’11.

Conversely, the two most notable wins of his career to date came with Wolfe an ever visible and vocal presence in his corner. Wolfe was as motivating as she was instructional in Kirkland delivering violent knockout wins over Alfredo Angulo—surviving a disastrous 1st minute of the fight to do so—and Glen Tapia in his last ring appearance well over a year ago.

Given that, eyebrows were naturally raised when it was announced that Kirkland would be without Wolfe in his corner for his May 9 showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. An all-action shootout is expected in their HBO headliner at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

However long it lasts depends on what Kirkland can bring to the table without his estranged trainer by his side. The no-nonsense slugger insists that fans needn’t worry about that part.

“I’m a lot more strategized, more defense. The things that you seen me lacking… these are the things you are going to see enhanced and advanced on May 9,” promises Kirkland (32-1, 28KOs).

Whatever is being worked on the gym, such direction has come from Rick Morones, who will serve as Kirkland’s chief second on fight night.  Despite the success Kirkland and Wolfe enjoyed together, it was decided by the 31-year old southpaw that change was needed.

“One of the reasons is, I just have to put out there - the techniques I need to work on to win this fight,” Kirkland said of changing up in camp. “People say to me, ‘With Ann, you win, you had so much success, so why change?’

“I’m just going to bring a lot more to the table that I need to bring. You can’t take that away from me when already been in me, I felt like I needed to bring something more to the table than I already possess.”

Despite the change in camp, Kirkland insists the move was made free of animosity.

“I take nothing away from Ann Wolfe. She’s an awesome strength and conditioning coach,” Kirkland acknowledges. “There are things I want to add. There are things I wanted to improve on and work on that I felt like I couldn’t get from Ann Wolfe. The tools I’ve been working on are going to get me to the finish line and get the victory on May 9.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-22-2015

[QUOTE=megas30;15593544]So, why not employ Anne as strength and conditioning coach while using the other guy for technique and strategy. Heck, it is the norm now to have a S&C and a technical trainer.[/QUOTE] Great point right there !

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-22-2015

jesus h christ Read Basco's post, and my reply..... ..... and then give me one good reason why any fighter [B]EVER[/B] should give a flying fat ****k about what the "[I]fans[/I]" think lol

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-22-2015

[QUOTE=Basco;15592935]Another hand picked opponent for Canelo. I give him credit for fighting Lara and Trout but he went backwards by picking Kirkland. Understandable since he didn't look to hot vs Lara and Trout. They need a KO to impress and…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-22-2015

[QUOTE=DannYankee09;15591777]Watch out everyone only 13 punches landed on Lara's head ? That ain't sh*t the defensive wizard Kirkland is coming for the shutout. [IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] When are you gonna update your sig ? ;) The name is spelt K.o.v.a.l.e.v. And please…

Comment by Spit Dialect on 04-22-2015

Actually what he said makes perfect sense. If Anne Wolfe wasn't showing him technique, in other words he wasn't improving his boxing, then he needed to part ways. Sure she had him in phenomenal shape, but there's much more to…

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