Alfredo Angulo looked like a finished fighter tonight in Las Vegas, as he was routed by unheralded James de la Rosa in an upset loss to kick off the Mayweather-Maidana 2 pay-per-view at the MGM Grand. de la Rosa won an unanimous decision on scores of 96-92, 98-90, and 99-89. BLH had it 98-90 for de la Rosa.
Angulo (22-5, 18 KO) lost the first eight rounds of the fight on our scorecard, as he was consistently beaten to the punch, outworked, outlanded, and just plain beaten up by de la Rosa (23-2, 13 KO), the 26-year-old Texan underdog who proved too much for a shopworn Angulo, whose career may be over as a relevant fighter.
Angulo was dropped at the end of round two on a pair of left hands from de la Rosa, shots that caught him unaware as de la Rosa turned off the ropes. Angulo, 32, looked sluggish until the final two rounds, when he was challenged by trainer Virgil Hunter to knock de la Rosa out, or face the end of his career.
Angulo also lost a point in the eighth round, when he hit de la Rosa with a third low blow and referee Russell Mora made the call. Outside of his late charge, he was never in this fight, and looked downright lousy moving up in weight, rehydrating from 162 at the weigh-in to 180 for the fight. de la Rosa was at 169 on the Showtime unofficial scales.
Is Angulo done? Do you want to see him fight again.