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Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland: 'Mandingo Warrior' drops Ann Wolfe, hires relative unknown

Joseph Herron Updated
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While most boxing experts believe former Women's Boxing great Ann Wolfe would be the most logical choice in preparing perennial Super Welterweight contender James Kirkland for his biggest assignment to date, Canelo Alvarez on May 2, the proud "Mandingo Warrior" has chosen a crew of relative unknowns to head his grueling, ten-week training camp in San Antonio, Texas.

It's been confirmed to FightSaga.com that Las Vegas based trainer and former prizefighter Gerald Tucker will be Kirkland's "chief second" for the highly anticipated battle with the Mexican favorite.

The 30 year old contender will also be working with strength and conditioning expert Bremond "Bay Bay" McClinton, and aspiring, young fight coach Rick Morones Jr., while working at two Alamo City based facilities, "All Sports Speed and Conditioning" and "Team Morones Boxing Club".

Although the maneuver will undoubtedly be a huge shock to most fight fans and boxing experts, the thirteen year professional wanted to begin the latest chapter in his "eventful" fight career with some new faces in his corner.

Despite remaining undefeated under the tutelage of the five-time women's world champion, Kirkland's relationship with Wolfe has been volatile at times, and was deemed by the hard punching Junior Middleweight to be less than conducive for appropriate mental and physical preparation at this stage in his career.

And while McClinton brings years of experience to the Austin, Texas native's camp, working extensively with five-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs throughout his professional career as a strength and conditioning coach, the 75 day camp will mark Gerald Tucker's maiden voyage in the deep waters of boxing's biggest stage.

The Ohio born prizefighter/trainer predominately trains amateurs and young professionals out of 50 Cent's gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has never been faced with an assignment as challenging as the former two-time 154 pound champion, Canelo Alvarez.

Will Kirkland's "new crew" provide a recipe for success against the explosive, counter-puncher from Mexico, or will the task at hand prove to be too much for the relatively inexperienced Gerald Tucker Sr.?

The truth always reveals itself in the ring. Fight fans will find out on May 2nd.


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