Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfredo Angulo possible for Dec.1 Wilder-Fury card
By Dan Ambrose: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has a fight in the works against inactive fighter Alfredo Angulo for the co-feature bout on the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury card on December 1 on Showtime PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California according to ESPN Deportes.
Chavez Jr. (50-3-1, 32 KOs) and Angulo are said to have agreed to fight at 168. The fight is expected to be announced this week. Matchroom Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn had been trying to put together another fight for the 32-year-old Chavez Jr. against former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, but that fight is a no go.
A rematch between Angulo and former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado was being planned, but instead Alfredo opted for the Chavez Jr. fight, according to ESPN Deportes.
Angulo lost his last fight to former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio ‘The Latin Snake” Mora (29-5-2, 9 KOs) by an eight round split decision earlier this year on April 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was a close affair, but Mora, 37, was able to do just enough to get the victory. The performance that Angulo put in was one of his best in many years, because it was against a fighter with skills. Mora isn’t the fighter he once was obviously, but he still has enough left to trouble a lot of fighters. Angulo did surprisingly well against him with his power shots.
Chavez Jr. has been out of the ring for 17 months since his disastrous fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez in May 2017 on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chavez Jr. had put in so much effort to get down to the 164.5 pound catch-weight for the fight that he had nothing on fight night. Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. was so one-sided that the boxing public that had purchased the fight was furious at having wasted their money on ordering it on HBO PPV.
A rematch between Chavez Jr. and Sergio ‘Marvilla’ Martinez had been talked about recently as being the co-feature bout on the Wilder-Fury card. However, that fight is not happening. The guy that Chavez Jr. will likely be facing on December 1 is 36-year-old journeyman Alfredo Angulo (24-7, 20 KOs). It’s still not a done deal yet, but this is the fight that is in the pipeline for the co-feature bout on the Wilder vs. Fury card.
Chavez Jr-Angulo is a fight that is going to upset a lot of boxing fans, because neither of these guys are world class fighters at this point in their careers. This is more of a fight that belongs in a different time. Chavez Jr. fighting Angulo would be a nice off TV fight for the boxing fans that are just starting to stream in the Staples Center to watch as they look for their seats.
Angulo is training with former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez at Big Bear, California. For his part, Chavez Jr. is being trained in Jalisco, Mexico by Eudardo Montiel.
It would be much better for Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to make sure they have a good co-feature bout, because they don’t need to lose PPV buys by having a poor undercard. Chavez Jr. vs. Angulo is about as poor as you can get.
Angulo has losses to the following fighters in the last seven years:
– Sergio Mora
– Freddy Hernandez
– Erislandy Lara
– James Kirkland
– Saul Canelo Alvarez
– James De La Rosa