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Kirkland: I’ve been trying to get fights against Chavez Jr. and Saul Alvarez, but I’m not hearing back from them

Canelo Alvarez Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.By Allan Fox: Junior middleweight contender James Kirkland is disappointed right now because he’s been trying with no luck to get a fight against the top fighters at junior middleweight and middleweight but has been ignored. Kirkland has a fight coming up on Saturday night against Carlos Molina and while it’s interesting fight, it’s not the kind of fight that Kirkland wants. He wants a title shot against the big names such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul Alvarez.

Kirkland told ESPN “I’ve been sending messages to [Saul] Alvarez, [Julio Cesar] Chavez [Jr.] and everyone out there in the 154 pound weight class. My messages are going one way, but I don’t get anything on the other way. I just have to keep doing what I have to do, and hopefully they will give me what I want.”

Kirkland, #2 WBC, #3 WBO, could end up waiting for all of 2012 and 2013, before he eventually gets a title shot against one of the junior middleweight champions in 2014 when one of them is forced to fight him by the sanctioning bodies. Kirkland can pretty much forget about getting a title fight against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. ever. That’s not going to happen because Kirkland is dangerous and he fights for Golden Boy Promotions. That’s a fight that is undo-able and Kirkland shouldn’t even waste his breath talking about it because it’s not going to happen. Chavez Jr. is being matched against guys like Peter Manfredo Jr., and Marco Antonio Rubio. They’re not going to break from that pattern to put him in against someone that can actually fight like Kirkland.

Kirkland can increase his chance at getting a title shot by taking care of Molina on Saturday night by beating him by an early knockout or by a one-sided 12 round decision. Kirkland could then generate some buzz and that right there might get him a title shot by making a champion take a look at him to request him.


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