Angulo to return, not vs. Rodriguez
November, 20, 2012
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillExpect to see all-action Alfredo Angulo, left, back in action soon, just not against Delvin Rodriguez.All-action Mexican junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo is trying to make up for lost time by fighting for the second time in two months, but it won't be against Delvin Rodriguez, despite the rumors circulating through the boxing industry.
Angulo returned on Nov. 10 after a one-year layoff, mainly because he spent seven months in a California detention center jammed up with immigration issues, and drilled Raul Casarez in 56 seconds on a Showtime undercard.
The 30-year-old Angulo (21-2, 18 KOs) is next slated to fight on the undercard of Showtime's Amir Khan-Carlos Molina card on Dec. 15 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. But Golden Boy has had a tough time finding an opponent on relatively short notice.
On Tuesday night, Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez reached out to Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing hoping to book Delvin Rodriguez as the opponent.
Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs), 32, a staple on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" and a guy usually in a good scrap, was interested, but not on only 3½ weeks notice.
It's hard to blame Rodriguez, who is coming off a lopsided decision loss to Austin Trout in a junior middleweight title fight on June 2 on Showtime, for turning it down given how tough of an assignment Angulo is for somebody with a full training camp. Secondary, but also important to the decision, was that the offer was for short money.
"We would love the fight if we had a little more notice, but for this type of fight at this point in his career Delvin knows that it's vital that he gives himself the best possible chance to win," said Star Boxing matchmaker Ron Katz. "We're willing to do the fight with proper notice, not 3½-week notice. But we're thankful they even offered us the opportunity and I truly wish we could have done it because I like the fight, Devlin likes the fight, Joe likes the fight and [Rodriguez's manager] A.J. Galante likes the fight."