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De La Hoya: Alfredo Angulo is officially out; will be back in action at the end of this year

Image: De La Hoya: Alfredo Angulo is officially out; will be back in action at the end of this yearBy Dan Ambrose: Former junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (20-2, 17 KO’s) was released earlier today from the El Centro Detention Center in El Centro, California after having been held for the past eight months due to an immigration problem.

Angulo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya confirmed it on his twitter, saying “El Perro Angulo is officially out. Back in ring end of the year.”

It’s unclear, however, if Angulo will be able to fight in the United States when he does get back in the ring at the end of the year. It would definitely hurt his visibility if he can only fight in Mexico, because that would mean he’d likely not be able to have his next fight televised in the United States if he can’t fight on one of Golden Boy Promotions’ Las Vegas based fights.

Angulo hasn’t fought since being destroyed by James Kirkland in 6th round TKO last November. Angulo knocked Kirkland down in the 1st round, but then gassed out while trying to finish him off. Unable to get his second wind, Angulo took a beating from the 2nd round to the 6th when the fight was finally halted. Kirkland isn’t known for having quick hands, but he looked blazing fast compared to the slow as molasses Angulo. He really exposed Angulo in that fight and it was brutal.

It may not matter at this point what Angulo does, because it’s difficult to see him being able to compete against the best fighters in the junior middleweight division. He’s probably too slow to compete against the best fighters like Erislandy Lara, Vanes Martirosyan, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout and Cornelius Bundrage. That doesn’t mean that Angulo won’t get opportunities for a nice payday fights against some of the top guys, but it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be a factor in the division now. There are certain guys Angulo can beat, but a whole bunch of them that he’d likely take another beating against. Golden Boy Promotions might want to consider cutting their losses at some point with Angulo once he gets beaten again.

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