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Photos: James Kirkland Training For War in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Texas knockout artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) today hosted a media workout in San Antonio in advance of his face-off against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®.  In attendance were James Kirkland’s trainers, Bay Bay McClinton and Rick Morones and Leija*Battah Promotions’ Mike Battah in addition to Texas boxing legend Jesse James Leija. Photos by Hoganphotos.

Texas fighters featured in the non-televised undercard for May 9 were also at today’s media workout including James Leija Jr., the son of Texas Boxing Legend Jesse James Leija; Austin’s Curtis Meeks (9-1-2, 3 KOs), San Antonio’s Cresencio Ramos (2-0, 1 KO), Cut and Shoot, Texas’s light heavyweight Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (23-3, 18 KOs), Houston lightweight Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs), and San Antonio’s Joseph Rodriguez (8-0, 2 KOs),  all participated in the media workout.

Tickets priced at $350, $150, $100, $50, $25 and $10, plus applicable fees and service charges, are available for purchase at Astros.com/boxing, the Minute Maid Park Box Office (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com . There is a 19-ticket limit per household.

Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland is a 12-round super welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions, SMS Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions.  The fight will take place Saturday, May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas and is sponsored by Corona Extra, Mexico - Live it to Believe it!, Fred Loya Insurance and O’Reilly Auto Parts.  Doors open at 11:00 a.m. CT and first bout starts at 11:10 a.m. CT, the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 04-09-2015

[QUOTE=***1048;ATAS;15545907]It makes a difference. He might lose either way but I do believe Wolfe brings the best out of him. Plus this is his first fight with this new team, they have no experience together, they don't know each other…

Comment by Mike D on 04-09-2015

[QUOTE=artfuL_;15545874][IMG]http://www.boxingscene.com/uploads/89506/james%20kirkland%20(5).jpg[/IMG] dat dude in the back :lol1:[/QUOTE] actually both those dudes in the back :lol1:

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 04-09-2015

It's simple. Kirkland was/ is never good. No skills, no chin, no brains. Just brute force. A solid boxer/puncher like Canelo should win, with or without Ann Wolfe, whom is not a real trainer. She doesn't teach boxing. What she…

Comment by Rip Chudd on 04-09-2015

He'll lose then go crawling back to Ann.

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 04-09-2015

Would love to see Kirk show up in great shape and put a beating on Canelo the way he did glen tapia. I think ginger beats the crap outta him though. Should be good while it lasts.

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