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Angulo suffers contusion to left eye, vows to come back

Alfredo AnguloBy Eric Thomas: Junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (22-0, 3, 18 KO’s) says he suffered no broken bones or permanent injury to his left eye from his 10th round stoppage loss to Erislandy Lara last Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Angulo was stopped in the 10th round by Lara after turning his back and walking away after getting hit hard on his badly left eye. Angulo said that he wasn’t looking to quit at the time; he felt that he had been thumbed in the eye and couldn’t see out of it.

Angulo said this in a statement “Dr. Pearlman Hicks has informed me that I only suffered a contusion and my eye specialist thankfully sees no permanent injury to my eye…I accept the decision made by the referee to stop the fight and look forward to getting back in the ring in the future. I will give you a better show in my next fight.”

For Angulo’s sake, you hope that Golden Boy Promotions matches him up against a softer opponent so that he doesn’t take the same kind of punishment that he did against Lara. It’s not as if boxing fans didn’t see this coming. Angulo is slow, easy to hit and not particularly good on defense. He plods after his opponents and he frequently squares up in front of them making his face an easy target for jabs and power shots. Last Saturday night, Lara really had his way with Angulo in the early part of the fight in landing his left hands. Angulo was later able to knock Lara down in the 4th and 9th rounds, but he continued to take a lot of hard shots to the head. As the rounds went on, Angulo’s left eye swelled up to where it made his head look larger and obviously easier to hit for Lara.

If Angulo is going to continue to fight the way he does, he’s going to have to learn how to move his head, cover up, and use his jab more because he’s going to take a lot of punishment if he keeps fighting the way he does.


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