After a warm reception and chants of "Perro, Perro," the returning Alfredo Angulo closed an extremely difficult year with a first round knockout win over Raul Casarez tonight on Showtime from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Angulo (21-2, 17 KO) flattened Casarez with a left hook and scored the stoppage win at just 57 seconds. The two fighters traded a bit in the time they actually got to fight, but Angulo's power was just too much, and the first really clean connect put his foe down and all but out. The referee began a count, but jumped in and ended the fight before completing it. Casarez was trying to get up, but was clearly out of it.
After the fight, with the crowd roaring, Angulo broke down into tears. This is a man who spent seven months locked in an ICE detention center in California, for reasons no one can really quite figure, following a devastating loss late last year to James Kirkland. He hasn't been able to do his job in 2012, and only recently was he able to have his freedom, see his family, and get his life back on track. To say that his emotional reaction was understandable is an incredible understatement.
It's great to have Alfredo Angulo back. And he is back.
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