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Old 10-04-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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If you haven't followed James Kirkland, you might want to start. He's fun to watch.

James Kirkland Released

Boxing - James Kirkland Released

Unbeaten junior middleweight star James Kirkland was released from prison ahead of schedule yesterday and will finish the remainder of his sentence for a 2009 parole violation in a half-way house. Kirkland will be allowed to train, travel and continue his quest for a world title in the boxing ring.



“It’s great to have James back and the junior middleweight division has just been put on notice,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “I know how hard he works and he’s been waiting for this moment to prove to the world that he shouldn’t be judged by his mistakes in the past, but how he fixes those mistakes and becomes a role model for young men and women everywhere.”

“It was unfortunate to see what James went through, but he has served his time and I know he has learned from his mistakes,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “James is a fine young man and we’re behind him one hundred percent as he pursues his dreams in and out of the boxing ring.”
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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This will definitely add a new wrinkle to the division. If he can pick up where he left off we can see some good fights ahead. The possibilities are endless...Kirkland vs. Sergio Martinez, Angulo, Cotto, Mosley, Cintron, Margarito, and of course Manny. Perhaps even Berto if he moves up in class.

I wonder if he'll team up with Ann Wolfe again, they seemed like a solid team.
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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This will definitely add a new wrinkle to the division. If he can pick up where he left off we can see some good fights ahead. The possibilities are endless...Kirkland vs. Sergio Martinez, Angulo, Cotto, Mosley, Cintron, Margarito, and of course Manny. Perhaps even Berto if he moves up in class.

I wonder if he'll team up with Ann Wolfe again, they seemed like a solid team.
I agree that he can make things very interesting. You're absolutely right about teaming up with Wolfe. Her training methods fit him well. I think they had a dispute as a result of his violation of probation. I hope they get that resolved.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:01 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Manny would NEVER fight Kirkland. He'd get killed.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Not sure. Kirkland has hit the canvas against lesser fighters. He throws very wide looping punches and they're telegraphed. He loads up before each punnch, and while he may have the advantage in power, Manny has the advantage in speed. He also leaves his chin wide open when on the offensive. Manny hasn't shown any signs thus far that he's afraid to take on tough or dangerous opponents unlike a certain "champion" who I will not bother naming.

Kirkland has looked exceptional, but against much lesser competition so far. He still hasn't really been in with anyone significant or taken into deep waters. He hasn't been tested against the likes of some of the aforementioned fighters like Cotto or Mosley. I'd really like to see him go at it with Alfredo Angulo, that would be a war.

Kirkland needs some fine tuning. He has all the tools to become an elite champion at 154, he just needs to tighten things up and then test himself against some top ten competition.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: South FL
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This will definitely add a new wrinkle to the division. If he can pick up where he left off we can see some good fights ahead. The possibilities are endless...Kirkland vs. Sergio Martinez, Angulo, Cotto, Mosley, Cintron, Margarito, and of course Manny. Perhaps even Berto if he moves up in class.

I wonder if he'll team up with Ann Wolfe again, they seemed like a solid team.
Sergio Martinez would whoop his ass.
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