Canelo Alvarez on Alfredo Angulo: ‘I know he doesn’t like me’


Alfredo Angulo doesn't like Canelo Alvarez.

At least, that is the sentiment expressed by Alvarez during the first of three episodes of the Showtime's All-Access: Canelo Vs. Angluo, which airs on Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT in advance of their Showtime Pay Per View clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on March 8.

"I know that he doesn't like me," said Alvarez, at one point. "So there is no reason that I have to like him."

In a bout that is being billed  "Toe-To-Toe, Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 knockouts) will take on Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) at the site of Alvarez's majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September.

A rugged 31-year-old veteran, Angulo has been knocked out twice, each time by left-handed fighters.

During a bout that featured first-round knockdowns by each boxer, Angulo was stopped in the sixth round by James Kirkland in November 2011.

In his last fight in June, Angulo scored two knockdowns during his exciting 10th-round stoppage loss to Erislandy Lara.

Angulo doesn't think Alvarez has had as tough a road as he has.

"Canelo has a lot of fans, thanks to the work that they've done with him in the media…People do love him, and I respect him," said Angulo.

"But I think that he is a boxer that has had his career handed to him. Canelo hasn't fought anyone aside from Floyd Mayweather. I've earned my respect through my fights. It's going to be a great fight."

Alvarez's retort?

"He can say what he wants," said Alvarez. "But we all know that isn't true. I really don't know a lot about him."



The Nevada State Athletic Commission selected the referees and officials for Alvarez-Angulo card on Thursday.

The referee for the Alvarez-Angulo bout will be Las Vegas-based Tony Weeks, with the judges being Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth, each of whom is from Las Vegas, as well as Craig Metcalfe of Canada.

On the Alvarez-Angulo undercard, Alvarez's older brother, Ricardo Alvarez, 32, will face WBC lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa, a bout whose referee will be Las Vegas-based Robert Byrd, with judges Burt Clements of San Diego, Patricia Morse Jarman of Las Vegas, and Jurgen Langos of Germany.

For IBF 154-pound titleholder Carlos Molina and Jermell Charlo, referee Vic Drakulich of Reno will work the fight as well as Las Vegas-based judges Lisa Giampa and Robert Hoyle and Germany's William Lerch.

The  WBC 122-pound title bout featuring beltholder Leo Santa Cruz against Cristian Mijares will be refereed by Kenny Bayless, and judged by Las Vegas-based Adalaide Byrd and Glenn Trowbridge as well as New York's John McKaie.



NSAC also voted unanimously to ban testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) from boxing and mixed martial arts as well as combat sports in general, eliminating all future applications of therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the drug in additon to those currently granted to fighters who already have received permission TRT from the state.

Dr. Timothy Trainor, an NSAC medical consultant who spoke to the NSAC on Thursday, acknowledged that athletes with legitimate medical needs such as diabetics, or those with attention deficit disorder [ADD] or even undergoing TRT might be adversely affected by the ruling.

In the end, however, he contended that the potential for abuse far outweighed the frequency of competitors participating with legitimate medical requirements.



Super middleweights J'Leon Love and Vladine Biosse weighed 168 and 169 for their main event, and counterparts Badou Jack and Derek Edwards came in at 168 pounds even for Friday night's Mayweather Promotions card at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Central New York.

Promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr. the card will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation.

Middleweights Chris Pearson and Lanardo Tyner were 156 and 154, respectively, and super middleweights Luis Arias and Dashon Johnson were 162.5 and 162.

Another pair of super middleweights Ronald Gavril and Cameron Allen were 165 and 166.5, cruiserweights Omotunde Tabiti and Dorian Hatcher were 193, and 198, welterweights Ladarius Miller and Douglas Rosales were 144 and 146, and bantamweights John Franklin and Jesus Bayron came in at 119.5 and 121, respectively.



The comeback of junior welterweight Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) has been derailed due to the failure of his opponent, Shakha Moore, to pass his pre-fight physical, according to The Associated Press.

Casal, 33, was to face the 37-year-old Moore (11-19-3, 2 KOs) at the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Thursday in what was to be Casal's first fight since stopping Michael Anderson in the third round in October 2011.

Casal was nearly clubbed to death by a crowbar-wielding attacker in May 2012, after which he was hospitalized. Casal has a four-bout winning streak that includes three knockouts, including the past two straight.

Promoter Mercedes Vazquez Simmons says she is already planning to have Casal fight in early May.

According to the AP, Casal's father and trainer, Ray Casal, learned of the failed physical Tuesday and had arranged for his son to fight Marlon Lewis. But Lewis was also denied a license to fight by the New York Athletic Commission.