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Angulo: My target is Canelo’s chin, toe-to-toe is in everyone’s favour

Phil Jay 29/01/2014

Rugged Mexican Alfredo Angulo will find himself sharing the ring with dangerous compatriot Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on March 8 in Las Vegas, having confirmed to WBN that he isn’t about to change his style for the clash.

The former interim world champion at 154lbs is fully aware that another possible shot at a world title hangs in the balance when the two talented fighters exchange blows in the spring, and aims to get back to winning ways by inflicting a second straight loss on Alvarez.

‘El Perro’ suffered his own disappointment when seemingly on his way to a first full world title win against Erislandy Lara last June, but despite knocking the Cuban down twice in the fight, a horrible facial swelling dashed his hopes in the tenth.

“I have looked at the tape of the Lara fight many times and the mistakes I made then will never happen again,” Angulo told World Boxing News.

“I still plan on fighting toe-to-toe with Canelo as that is in everyone’s favour, especially the fans, as I fight only one way. I come forwards and throw hard punches. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out how I fight.”

Never one to shirk a challenge, Angulo was then Asked whether he thought about a possible tune-up fight before taking on Canelo, which the 31 year-old dismissed out of hand as well as any talk of a world title later in the year.

“No,” he answered. “These opportunities appear once and if you don’t grab them up they can vanish forever. We are both Mexican warriors and that’s the only way this fight will play out. I am not concerned about later in the year. My target is Canelo’s chin and that’s all I think about.

“My style is different. That is why the fans respond well to my fights,” added Angulo.

Canelo, 23, is largely in the same boat as his opponent in what could be a crucial victory for the eventual winner of the fight, with a potential revenge mission against Lara looming large if Angulo can triumph at the MGM Grand.

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