Vladimir Hernandez Outworks Alfredo Angulo For Decision Win!
Originally set to face former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax (31-4-2, 19KOs), Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (26-7, 21KOs) was forced to shift gears after Truax withdrew from the fight due to an illness.
His new opponent was Vladimir Hernandez (11-4, 6KOs), a southpaw out of Colorado. Hernandez started the fight showing he was ready regardless of only getting one week notice! He moved well around the older and much slower Angulo and threw combinations that often times his opponent stuck in neutral.
Throwing right hooks and body shots, Hernandez jumped out to a big lead early. Known for his pressure and his ability to “hit the gas” after slow starts, you knew it would be a matter of time before Angulo would work his way into the fight.
True to form, this is exactly what happened!
Setting up his patented body shots, he started to gain momentum in the middle rounds as Hernandez started to show signs of fatigue. The body shots were definitely taking their toll as the younger fighter started to look sloppy at times. Although, he consistently landed shots regardless. Angulo is never praised for his defensive ability and his style causes him to take as much as he can give.
HE’S JUST TOO OLD
However at 38 year-old, this style will expedite your retirement! The two would often go toe-to-toe, phone booth style unleashing head snapping shots that both men will surely feel in the morning. Although, Hernandez is not the most polished fighter, he still looked to be winning the exchanges.
At the end of the night Hernandez would pick up the minor upset by a unanimous decision. The scorecards all read 98-92. While the scores seemed a bit wide, the right man got the victory!
Now the question is, since Angulo vs Truax was an IBF title eliminator to name the next opponent for champion Caleb Plant, will Hernandez get a title shot?
Another question is will Angulo, who is clearly a shell of his junior middleweight championship contending days, finally retire?
By: Jerrell Fletcher