The November 10 Golden Boy and Showtime card at the Staples Center is Los Angeles is beefing up, and will be another quadruple header on Showtime, which is turning into a trend I like quite a bit.
The show is headlined by the WBC super bantamweight title fight between Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno, and will feature Chris Arreola and Alfredo Angulo in two of the three main undercard bouts.
Arreola (35-2, 30 KO) has fought just once this year, a first round knockout of Eric Molina on February 18. He was set to fight on June 23, but pulled out of that bout due to injury.
This is quite a change from the plan in 2011 to keep him in shape by keeping him in the ring, with Arreola fighting a total of five times on the year. It's enough to make one worry about what kind of physical condition he'll be in for this date. In his last five fights, he's kept himself at better weights than before, but they've also risen almost each time: 234, 236, 236, 240½, 245.
No opponent has been mentioned for Arreola, but I wouldn't expect much. Probably something on the same level of guys he's been fighting -- Molina, Raphael Butler, Friday Ahunanya, Kendrick Releford, Nagy Aguilera, etc.
Angulo (20-2, 17 KO) hasn't fought since his November 2011 TKO loss to James Kirkland in Mexico, which was a defeat that at the time seriously concerned me for his boxing future. Granted, I've never had the boxing fan-crush on Angulo that some have -- to me, he's a poor man's Margarito -- but he's always been entertaining to watch, and I've never once passed on seeing him fight.
The 30-year-old Mexican fighter was recently released from a California detention center, where he was held for eight months.
[ Video: Angulo Interview at ICE Detention Center ]
Angulo will be facing 25-year-old Texas club fighter Raul Casarez (19-2, 9 KO), which is a perfectly acceptable fight given this very unique situation. RingTV.com also says that he might be working with trainer Virgil Hunter, who is of course known for his tutelage of Andre Ward.
One name I've seen mentioned for the fourth fight is top featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr (20-0, 12 KO), whose prospect rise has stalled this year with just one fight.