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Alfredo Angulo put Gabriel Rosada down three times before he was awarded a second-round knockout victory on Friday in Primm, Nev. Photo by Chris Cozzone / Fightwireimages.com

BIGGEST WINNER

Alfredo Angulo: The rugged junior middleweight from Mexico attributed his loss to Kermit Cintron in May to illness. On Friday, in his first fight back, he quickly made opponent Gabriel Rosado feel ill. Angulo calmly and efficiently pounded Rosado to the canvas three times in the second round, prompting the referee to stop the fight and save Rosado from further punishment. Thus, he regained whatever momentum he lost and solidified his spot on the Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson undercard on Nov. 7 on HBO. He’ll be receiving his shot at a major title sometime soon.

BIGGEST LOSS

Budd Schulberg: The American screenwriter and boxing aficionado died at 95 on Wednesday. Schulberg wrote the screenplays for two of the greatest boxing-related films of all time — On the Waterfront and The Harder They Fall. In the former, Marlon Brando’s character gave us one of the medium’s most-memorable lines: “I coulda been a contender.” Schulberg also was Sports Illustrated’s first boxing editor and wrote for other publications, including THE RING. He was also a devoted fan; he attended the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey fight just last month in New York. It was a thrill just being around him.

BEST UNDERCARD

Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez: Old-time boxing fans long for the days when Don King used to stack his cards with one important fight after another. Sadly, times have changed. However, the undercard of Mayweather-Marquez is shaping up to be compelling. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, said he’s working on the final touches for three matchups: Rocky Juarez-Chris John II, Vicente Escobedo-Michael Katsidis and Zab Judah-Antonio Diaz. Juarez will be getting his fifth title shot against one of the best boxers in the world. Any fight with Katsidis is worth watching. And Judah-Diaz matches two well-known veterans. Sounds promising.

LEAST SURPRISING

CSAC agrees to hear Campbell’s appeal: The California State Athletic Commission on Aug. 24 will hear the appeal on Nate Campbell’s controversial loss to Timothy Bradley. The commission would’ve been remiss not to review the result because it seems clear that referee David Mendoza blew it when he gave Bradley a technical-knockout victory instead of ruling the fight a no-decision on Aug. 1. The CSAC is following protocol by scheduling the hearing. However, is this really necessary? Watch the video. If Campbell’s cut was caused by a head butt, change the result to a no-decision. If it wasn’t, don’t. It’s not too complicated.

WORST NEWS

Kessler lawsuit: Mikkel Kessler’s former promoter, Mogens Palle, is suing the fighter, his new promoter (Sauerland) and Showtime because he says Kessler remains bound to him by contract. Those of us who are exciting about the network’s super middleweight tournament hope the legal issue doesn’t stand in the way of Kessler’s participation. The competition wouldn’t be complete without the talented Dane, who is THE RING’s No. 1-rated 168-pounder. Once-beaten American Allan Green reportedly might be considered as a replacement if Kessler ultimately pulls out.

MOST OVERLOOKED

Mike Jones: The undefeated, big-punching welterweight from Philadelphia seems to have considerable potential. The problem is that he hasn’t been able to get a recognizable opponent into the ring. Here’s an example of what he’s been through: On Saturday, he was supposed to fight Larry Mosley but Mosley pulled because of health reasons. Then he was supposed to fight veteran Ben Tackie, who failed his pre-fight physical. So he ended up facing unknown Lenin Arroyo, who proved to have a good chin but little else and lost a one-sided decision. Jones is due for some luck.

MOST OVERSHADOWED

Anthony Dirrell: Imagine you’re an undefeated professional boxer and you’re only the second best fighter in your own family. That’s Anthony Dirrell, whose big brother Andre gets most of the attention in their hometown of Flint, Mich., and beyond. The younger Dirrell has many of the same attributes as his sibling, including his quickness and athleticism. He doesn’t have Andre’s track record or pedigree. The elder Dirrell has faced better opposition than little bro and won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics. It will be interesting to see how Anthony will fare against better opponents. He stopped Alfredo Contreras on Friday.

MOST-MIXED REACTION

Klitschko-Arreola: Some e-mailers shared my enthusiasm for the Vitali Klitschko-Chris Arreola fight set for Sept. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Some didn’t, insisting that Arreola doesn’t have the tools to compete with the big Ukrainian. I think the latter group misses the point. They’re probably right; he most likely will be in over his head. No one wants to argue with that. At the same time, those familiar with Arreola know that this is one determined and courageous dude who will fight as hard as he can until his face is planted firmly into the canvas. That sounds exciting to me.

BIGGEST SHAME

Shaquille O’Neal chooses basketball: Just wondering how the NBA superstar might’ve fared had he chosen boxing instead of basketball as a kid. With his size (7-foot-1, 325 pounds), athleticism and competitive spirit, he might’ve been unbeatable in this age of heavyweight giants. Throw in his jovial personality and he might’ve been the second coming of Muhammad Ali. As it is, Oscar De La Hoya, outweighed by about 160 pounds, could probably knock out the big man with one left hook if he wanted to. They will square off on O’Neal’s new reality series, Shaq Vs. — but just for fun.

BEST QUOTE

Marlon Brando’s character in On the Waterfront: “You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.”

Michael Rosenthal can be reached at [email protected]

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