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Canelo's next fight? K.O. artist insists he's ready

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Now that the drama and controversy from the July 12th Junior Middleweight showdown between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Erislandy Lara has been somewhat subdued, Golden Boy Promotions is currently looking for the next opponent for their Mexican born superstar. Although most have speculated and discussed a potential mega-fight with four division world champion Miguel Cotto in 2015, Canelo's handlers are seeking a suitable dance partner in the interim who is not only deserving of a PPV billing, but who also completes a match-up that can energize and excite the always critical fans of boxing.

Enter Austin, Texas native and perennial contender James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO).

Although GBP has a long, sorted and convoluted past with the Mandingo Warrior, very few fighters within the talented enriched Junior Middleweight division meet the above mentioned criteria.

In a recent interview with boxing correspondent Rod Rigo of "TRU Boxing Headz", the 30 year old southpaw claims that he is more than ready for the challenge.

"They've already brought the Canelo fight to my attention, and I'm definitely interested in this fight," states James Kirkland who boasts a blood-curdling 85 percent knockouts-to-fights ratio.

"I've been staying in shape...training and working with other fighters. I really hope that we can lock this fight in so the fight fans can see me against Canelo in November."

While most fight fans would circle this event on their respective PPV calendars with great anticipation, the sure to be action filled pairing is also a potentially dangerous contest for the 24 year old phenom from Jalisco.

The always entertaining prizefighter is hoping to get this "Golden" opportunity and ultimately spoil the plans of his former promoter.

"Everything is perfect right now," professes the aggressive minded puncher. "Everyone will see a new and improved version of James Kirkland. I'm ready to shock the world. I'm in awesome shape and I'm ready. So hopefully I can get this opportunity so I can show everybody what I'm capable of doing."

"Alvarez is a good fighter, but Kirkland is going to stand above him."

The heavy handed puncher was originally scheduled to face Canelo back in September of 2012, but had to pull out of the fight because of an arthroscopically repaired right shoulder that needed time to heal. James insists that he began studying his opponent back then, and is currently healthy enough to exploit all of the weaknesses he sees in Canelo's fight game.

"There are a lot of things that he lacks, and a lot of things that he does that will favor me during the fight. So I hope that we can make it happen. Whenever they want it, I plan to bring it."


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