Cintron-Angulo: It’s Do or Die for Kermit
By Pablo Solano: Kermit Cintron has been disappointing as of late. Not because he lost to twice to Sergio Margarito but because he lost TWICE to Martinez on the same night. He lost via KO and Decision. In that fight he was knockdown to what he claimed was head was a headbutt.
The ref counted him out and through some great acting (eat your heart out DiCaprio) he was able to convince the ref that it was a headbutt therefore the ref continuing the fight. Did someone show him the replay of that punch which knocked him down and got counted out for? I would have loved to see his response. Sergio Martinez also outboxed him for that fight and should have gotten the decision. Yet it is he who is getting a big fight with Alfredo Angulo is much more dangerous that Sergio and has a bigger punch. Cintron is taking a big chance in taking this fight and in order for him to be in demand he will have to put on a great performance.
For Cintron it’s never been about not having the skill which he does but having the will overcome adversity. He seems to sort of give up when a fighter is not bothered by his punches or a fighter that returns fire with fire. He’s not a survivor. He proved that with Margarito and Sergio Martinez. Angulo is still young and can bounce back if he loses but Cintron risks going back to Friday night fights like Zab Judah which is another discussion altogether.
This is going to be a good fight no question but more hangs in the balance for Cintron. He can’t afford to lose to a fighter who only has 15 fights and is considered a prospect. If he does he is going to get called by other prospects making Cintron a gate keeper of the division. In an interview he spoke of going back down to 147 because there are a lot of great fights that can be made. Yes there are some greats fights that can happen but in order for those fights to take he must win and be impressive at the same time.
This is a tough one. I have to go with Angulo. Like I said before he has nothing to lose and so much more to gain if he wins. Cintron stated he has dreams that he yet to accomplish in boxing. He has alot of pressure on him to perform and perform well. If the pressure is on will he mentally fold. I think so.
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