Virgil Hunter: Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo will be ‘savage affair’
Trainer Virgil Hunter said he envisions "a savage affair" in Saturday's 154-pound bout between his fighter, Alfredo Angulo, and Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas.
Hunter made this statement during Thursday's final press conference for the fight at the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM.
"I've had a couple of weeks to reflect on this event that is coming up, and I know that the motto has been toe-to-toe, but I just have this feeling that I don't think that both men will walk out of the ring the same on Saturday night," said Hunter, whose counterpart in Alvarez's corner is Chepo Reynoso.
"I just anticipate such a savage affair there that it's going to be taken out of my hands, and that it's going to be taken out of Coach Reynoso's hands, and it's pretty much going to be left up to them. I'm kind of asking the officials to just let them go, because I can just sense this storm coming. Just let them go."
Alvarez, the former RING and WBC 154-pound champ, and Angulo are both attempting to rebound from losses.
Alvarez is coming off a majority-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September, and Angulo scored two knockdowns during a brutal and dramatic 10th-round stoppage loss to Erislandy Lara in June.
Of Alvarez, Angulo has stated that he is "ready to chase him or fight him like a true Mexican warrior," adding, "I plan to test him like he's never been tested before. I don't think anyone has ever hit Canelo as hard as I'm going to hit him."
Alvarez called Angulo "a difficult challenge because he's a fighter who can punch and take a great punch," even as he said, "I'm the strongest."
That, said Hunter, remains to be seen.
"If Alfredo gets knocked down, let him get back up and go. If Canelo gets knocked down, let him get back up and go. It's going to be taken out of our hands. This is going to be a savage, savage affair, and I've been anticipating this for the last couple of weeks. I can just feel it, so I really don't know what else to say," said Hunter.
"It's kind of bothering me, but at the same time, I hope that I can rise to the occasion, and that my fighter will walk out of that ring intact and be ready for more future fights, and I'm also hoping that Team Canelo can do the same. But it's just something about this fight that is probably going exceed anything that we've seen before, and I'll just leave it at that."
LUIS ORTIZ, GERALD WASHINGTON, DOMINIC BREAZEALE IN 'NIGHT OF HEAVYWEIGHTS'
Gerald Washington will pursue his fourth straight stoppage win against Skipp Scott on April 3 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Fox Sports and Fox Deportes on a Golden Boy Live! show entitled "The Night of The Heavyweights."
A 31-year-old from Vallejo, Calif., Washington (11-0, 8 KOs) meets Houston's Scott (16-1, 10 KOs) as part of an event to be headlined by Cuban star Luis Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.
A 34-year-old southpaw who stands 6-foot-4, Ortiz scored his fifth consecutive knockout against Alex Gonzalez in his last fight.
In another matchup on the card, 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (9-0, 9 KOs) takes on veteran Nagy Aguilera (19-7, 13 KOs).