“I’ve been watching Pacquiao Marquez fight over and over,” exclaimed Dave the Barber after greeting me at his fine Barbershop on San Fernando Road:” It was a good fight, but now I don’t even want to see Manny fight Mayweather anymore. If Marquez was able to move away and counterpunch, imagine what Floyd would do. At least Marquez was throwing combinations to make a good fight. Floyd on the other hand would throw one punch at a time and stink up the joint.”
“Finally, you say something that makes sense,” interjected Downtown, Ronnie Brown:” Floyd would eat Manny alive, one punch at a time; there is no if ands or buts about it. But as far as watching that fight over and over, there is nothing new you will see. For my taste that fight lacked the violence; it was more like a brisk sparring match. The fight you need to see over and over, the fight that really made me go woo, was a week earlier in Mexico. Did you see Angulo Kirkland? Now if you are a fan of brutal mayhem that is the fight you must see.”
“My heart still skips a beat every time I think about that first round,” cried out Al the Barber:” That was Hagler Hearns and then some. Why isn’t anybody talking about that one? Those first three minutes of bloodshed are permanently carved into my memory. They both knew what was going to happen. Two wild beasts with violence in their eyes came into the center of the ring with intent to break each other down. Thirty seconds into the fray Angulo struck gold with a huge right hand sweeping Kirkland off his feet as though he was hit by a train. It’s over I thought; no human being can get up from that. But unearthly Kirkland got up, looking more shocked than hurt, only to endure thrashing of his young life for the next ninety seconds. Like a starving bulldog freeing up from a leash, Perro assaulted his prey with unparallel fury. Hard violent punches that produced thudding sounds rained on Kirkland non stop. He must have thrown over a hundred punches, I tell you. And just when I thought it was over again, just when Kirkland was beginning to turn as if to say no more, I’ve had enough, and the ref was looking really hard to end the slaughter, just for split second Perro hesitated, as if he was afraid to kill that boy. He who hesitates is lost. And just like that as if an invisible switch turned, the whole thing changed. Emerging from fires of pure hell, Kirkland started to fire back and hurting Angulo who was completely done by then. Inspired by his success Mandingo Warrior kept firing bombs that finally put Angulo down. Only the bell saved El Perro from the first round loss. Angulo didn’t know where he was when he barely beat the count and heard the bell that signified the end of the first round. That was pure fistic magic. I wanted to get down on my old knees and bow down and worship two regal warriors.”
“Wow, Al! Maybe you should become a writer,” exclaimed Big Steve:” Go to Texas and interview Anne Wolfe and ask her how she whipped that boy into a super human shape. Kirkland was not human that night; he was a super natural alien beast. But what struck me was not the first round, as fantastic as it was, but the next five rounds. Angulo who completely punched himself out and who had absolutely nothing left kept fighting with valor. With no spring left in his legs and shooting blanks, Angulo kept trying to win the fight, even though his situation seemed futile from the second right. That man took a licking and never stopped trying to win. Contrary to all reason I kept hoping that he would come back and hurt Kirkland somehow, but that wasn’t meant to be. The referee saved that man’s life, but when it was over I wanted to bow down and kneel in front of Alfredo Angulo, an intrepid warrior who was risking his life in the ring for the fans. I hope and pray he can come back after this one.”
According to HBO analyst, Max Kellerman there were no losers in that fight. The face of Alfredo Angulo said otherwise. Old Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said:” Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” James Kirkland was able to rise above his crushing defeat earlier this year. Would Alfredo Angulo be able to do the same?
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