Amir Imam Drops KO Bomb On Angulo; King Calls For Fight With Floyd
In the TV opener on Showtime, Amir Imam, one of Don King's sole remaining boxers, took on Fernando Angulo, who hunted panthers as a teen in Ecuador, in a super lightweight tangle from Texas. A one-two, a jab and then a right behind the ear, sent Angulo pitching face first in round four. The ref knew what he saw and halted it right away. The time came 56 seconds elapsed for the winner, whose rep has blossomed in the last year, bigtime.
He's got the basics down and a craving for stoppages, good combo.
To Jim Gray after, Imam gave the loser props, said yes, he's the next big thing at that weight, and dedicated the win to Jake LaMotta. His promoter King called for him to meet Floyd Mayweather next and Imam said why not, anything is possible.
He could get the winner of the Viktor Postol-Lucas Matthysse fight, which goes to purse bid Monday.
Imam (17-0 entering) lives in Florida, while FA (28-9 entering) lives in Venezuela; the WBC 140 pound minor crown was up for grabs.
In the first, the 24-year-old Imam jabbed low and high. They traded a good deal in a decent round. In the second, the 34-year-old Angulo looked to land heavy with lead lefts and lunging rights. Imam showed an A grade jab. It thudded and pierced..
In the third, Angulo stood in the pocket, and looked to push Imam to the ropes. Then they stood in center ring and Imam had to work inside and then with his back to the ropes. In the fourth, Imam shot a one two and it looked like Angulo was tased. He pitched forward face first and the ref waved it off.