Here's some good news for the fight fans of every stripe. The proposed HBO fight on November 5 between Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland is simply waiting on Kirkland's signature, according to BoxingScene.com, and MaxBoxing's Steve Kim said a few days ago that the attorney of both fighters called it a done deal.
Angulo (20-1, 17 KO) made his Golden Boy debut after a parting of ways with ex-promoter Gary Shaw on August 20, his first fight in 13 months. It wasn't much of a fight, as he folded easy opponent Joseph Gomez in just 1:24. Kirkland (29-1, 26 KO) has been recovering from a disaster TKO-1 shocker at the hands of Nobuhiro Ishida on April 9, and has since reunited with trainer Ann Wolfe and rattled off two dominant wins in a row.
The fight is one that back in 2008 or so was thought to be a future money fight. Since then, both have lost fights, and both have had long stretches of inactivity. Angulo's was brought on by visa and promoter issues, while Kirkland served some time in jail on a gun charge.
One worry about getting the fight done is whether or not Kirkland can get into Mexico, because Angulo cannot fight in the United States at this time. But the word is that it's been worked out, and the fight is going ahead. It's not quite totally done, but it's looking good, and though it may not be the fight it was one envisioned being, the fact is that these are two guys who don't know how to fight any speed but full steam ahead. It's going to be a collision. Does anyone think this thing possibly gets past five rounds?