Everyone here has been on my team since my performance on the Canelo-Lara undercard, and this is a stepping stone to many more belts that are coming my way. I was able to put pressure on him and hurt him a couple of times. This was not my best performance. My opponent was tough, but I stayed calm, and was able to come out on top. We gave it our all, and we are content with that.
The chances this one goes the distance seem slim. Kirkland's style is one that almost guarantees a stoppage, one way or the other.
He's had only three fights in his career go the scheduled distance. Alvarez knows what he's in store for against Kirkland. Every fight for me now is dangerous and tough.
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Because of that status, Alvarez also has the chance to become the top pay-per-view star in the sport once Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He's fought and won twice since then, but his best showing was against a clearly overmatched Alfredo Angulo in March It's unclear if the year-old star from Jalisco, Mexico, even knows who he is just yet. He might not have had a career-defining bout yet in his career.
Every fighter needs a signature performance; Alvarez is still searching for his own. The Thriller Kirkland will do his part to create something special. There isn't a more dynamic puncher in the sport than the year-old from Austin, Texas.
His In his career, he's proven to have one-punch KO power and the toughness to get off the canvas and stop an opponent, as he did against Angulo in It was a Nigel Benn-like performance.
Kirkland is not without flaws inside the ring and out. His lone loss came in what was supposed to be a tuneup bout against Nobuhiro Ishida in that turned into an embarrassing first-round TKO loss.
Since then, Kirkland has won five fights in a row, with none of them going the distance.
However, he hasn't fought since , when he stopped Glen Tapia in the sixth round. In an interview with Anson Wainwright of Ring. TV , Kirkland says the layoff was due to him turning down undesirable fights. Previous layoffs in his career have been caused by stints in prison.
Since , Kirkland has been in jail twice.
There's no disputing his talent, but his unpredictable behavior has stagnated his career. On Saturday, he has an opportunity to put himself on the fast track to stardom and notoriety. If he can beat Canelo, the entire boxing world will know who James Kirkland is, and it'll be based solely on his in-ring accomplishments, not his crimes outside of it.