RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Alfredo "Perro" Angulo stopped Joachim Alcine with one second left in a merciless first round Saturday night, dramatically invigorating his career with a win over a former 154-pound champion.
Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) won his fourth straight fight by stoppage with nearly 3 full minutes of punishment for Alcine, who never recovered after foolishly holding onto Angulo's left glove while Angulo relentlessly pounded him with the right.
"He held me and turned me because he didn't want to fall," Angulo said through a translator. "As long as I have one hand free, I'll always get my man."
Angulo repeatedly staggered Alcine (32-2), the former WBA titlist from Montreal, before finishing him with several shots to the head right before the bell.
The fight was the co-main event before Timothy Bradley's welterweight matchup with Luis Carlos Abregu at the Agua Caliente Casino near Palm Springs.
Angulo, long considered a top prospect, has been mostly outstanding since his only career loss to Kermit Cintron in May 2009. He stopped Joel Julio last April in the 11th round of an entertaining fight in Ontario, Calif.
He made incredibly short work of the respected Alcine, a Haitian-born fighter who held the WBA title for a year from 2007-08. He trains with Georges St. Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion -- but judging by Alcine's foolish hold on Angulo's glove, GSP apparently never warned Alcine about all the dangers of wrestling.
"I wanted to keep the fight going, but I should have held instead of fighting back," Alcine said. "My punches were too wide."
Angulo, who lives in Downey, Calif., once beat Bradley in an amateur bout before joining the Mexican Olympic team for the Athens Games.
Eager to restore momentum to his career, Angulo returned to the gym one week after his grueling win over Julio, determined to fight two more times in 2010.
"I worked hard and went back to the gym, but the main thing was Darryl Hudson," Angulo said of his strength and conditioning coach. "He built up my strength. He made me strong and he worked me hard. In training camp, I worked on conditioning and I worked on combinations with my trainers."