Late sub Hernandez surprises Angulo

Angulo Vs Hernandez Fight Night12
Photo: Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

Late sub Vladimir Hernandez (12-4, 6 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (26-8, 21 KOs) in a super middleweight fight on Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hernandez was very sharp early on against the notoriously slow-starting Angulo. Angulo began coming on with a strong body attack in the middle rounds. Angulo actually outlanded Hernandez 351 to 306 and he had an edge in power punches 301 to 239, but the judges somehow scored it wide for Hernandez 98-92 3x. Angulo was originally slated to face ex-champ Caleb Truax, who pulled out during fight week.

In a clash between unbeaten super lightweights, Abram Martinez (8-0-1, 6 KOs) and 2016 Olympian Luis Arcon (10-0-1, 10 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Martinez dropped Arcon with a left hook during a wild toe-to-toe exchange in round two. Arcon floored Martinez with seconds left in the fight to salvage the draw. Scores were 76-74 Martinez, 76-74 Arcon, 75-75.

Super welterweight Brian Mendoza (19-1, 13 KOs) scored a controversial ten round unanimous decision over Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (28-4-1, 10 KOs). Good action with both fighters battling through nasty cuts. Close fight with LaManna a bit busier, but scores were 96-94, 98-92, 98-92 for Mendoza.

Super lightweight Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7 KOs) outscored Josec Ruiz (21-4-3, 14 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.

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  • Not really surprising at all. Defensively, Angulo makes Joe Joyce look like Pernell Whitaker. You literally cannot miss him and he SOUNDS like it when he speaks. Hopefully this is the last fight of his career… and hopefully somewhere Peter Quillin was watching.

  • I know we all have a right/privilege to seek income from lawful employment, but I have SERIOUS concerns about Angulo’s future mental health in the “hurt business.”

    Angulo has been taking too many clean shots in his career, and he is throwing punches “under water.” If Angelo plans to prolong his career, then he has to find a trainer who can teach him better head movement and a better jab to offset/minimize an opponent’s arsenal.

    Otherwise, Angelo should fight two (2) more times and retire because he may later suffer long term, negative effects from taking too many clean shots. It is of great sorrow to watch him fight now.

    • Totally agree E-Man, Tyson, or Roy Jones couldn’t look this old and spent. The old warrior must hang them up.

  • That Angulo man is just a Warrior but I hope he retires because he has literally been in way too many wars in his career…

  • Angulo outlanded Hernandez by quite a bit. 98-92 is pretty harsh. Love watching “el Perro,” but don’t want to see him get hit anymore.

  • I recall the past days when Angulo was an upcoming fighter and many tuned-in to watch him fight. Angulo may be a warrior as a fighter, but time does him no justice in his longevity to his health. He has been in a lot of wars! I would like to see him retire soon so he can live a peaceful and healthy life.

  • Acron vs Martinez was an outstanding learning contest for both young men. And kudos to the matchmaker that made the fight happen. Both respected their opposing opponent’s knockout power and put trust in their own chins. Acron was caught by a clean short left hook that resulted in a knockdown. It was Acron’s first trip to the deck and he got up for the count to quick. My scorecard had the fight even going into the last round. Martinez’s plan to draw Acron into a fiery exchange in the last few seconds of the round backfired. Acron’s moment of truth whipping left hook put Martinez down but not out. Rematch someday in the future will be a main event attraction .

  • Mostly agree…. Perro is still a threat (not only to himself either) but his best days were at 154… definitely not at 168 and 38 years old!
    His biggest recent victory was against the Immigration System, not Quillin.
    Imo I don’t believe he can “relearn” his craft… if he continues fighting, he’ll only be a gritty stepping stone for younger, stronger fighters.

  • Regarding how the author wrote it out, I disagree on the “somehow, the judges saw it for Hernandez,” part. Despite compubox, the eye-catching punches and combinations were landed by Hernandez. Great win for him.

    • Ed: i agree with you. Although Angulo did “land more shots”, they were not as effective as the Hernandez shots. Hernandez put his shots together in combos and was snappimg el Perros head back all night. Overall ring generalship hands down goes to Hernandez. The right person won!

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