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Angulo makes short work of Gomez

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

After a thirteen month layoff, Alfredo "Perro" Angulo, 20-1, 17 KOs got a mere 1:24 of work in his return Saturday night at the Nidi Sports Center in Mexicali, Mexico. In the opposing corner, Joseph Gomez, 17-6-1, 8 KOs of Bloomfield, NM moved early on, dictating the geography, or attempting to while Angulo  took his time and cut the ring off.

Gomez seemed soft around the middle and if I could see it do could Angulo. With barely a minute gone, Perro unleashed a right and left to the body followed by a right hand around the back of Gomez’ head. Gomez fell to his knees. The ref began to count, checked in with Gomez and waved the fight at 1:24 of round one.

When we were warming up in the back, [Angulo] hit me in the stomach and I knew he was strong. It hurt a lot," laughed Angulo’s strength and conditioning coach Darryl Hudson who prepped Angulo for nearly two months leading into the bout.

Afterwards, Angulo, who has been ordered by the WBC to face junior middleweight contender Vanes Maritrosyan to determine the mandatory challenger to titleholder Saul Alvarez. Despite the time away, Angulo expressed his desire and readiness to face him.

"That fight is a ways off," said legendary trainer Nacho Beristain, an old froend of Angulo who worked as his cut man on this night. "But if they did fight, Angulo would beat Canelo in give or six rounds."

In the co-feature, Frankie Leal was dropped by Leopoldo Gonzalez in the fourth by roared back to stop him in the same frame. Leal is now 15-5-3 with 10 KOs.

Local heavyweight favorite Juam Romo stopped Vicente "Buffalo" Sandez in one round with one shot. Then he did "the worm" in celebration.


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