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Kirkland is well below a providinkov in toughness and defense. ishida owned him,

Posted December 14, 2013 12:02 am 


an interesting fighter is Kirkland,and very exciting regardless how well he fares against the likes of say Trout who has a high punch output,which would make that fight a real show.

Posted December 13, 2013 8:13 pm 

te tumbo

“Angulo couldn’t box…” but the worst Angulo i’ve ever seen had Lara down twice and on the run and on the verge of losing before yielding to a fight-related injury. “Tapia can’t box…” but he was young, undefeated, confident, fiercely determined, and landed several flush-shots before blowing his wad and wilting under a resilient Kirkland’s assault. as far as being a “front-runner”, Kirkland’s been falling behind early in every fight since and including his loss to Ishida. all of his wins since have been the result of come-from-behind surges that simply overwhelmed spent and stung opponents. anyway, saying that Kirkland is a legitimate factor in the jr.-middle mix doesn’t mean he’s a dominant factor but by now NObody should underestimate Kirkland’s ability to recover from shots and KDS before surging for the “W”. that’s the emerging profile based on his most recent winning streatk v. Angulo, Molina, and Tapia.

Posted December 13, 2013 5:16 pm 


Kirkland fought a guy who can’t box… Angulo couldn’t box… Tapia can’t box… As soon as he fights somebody good he’s going down for the count. It all depends on who he fights and how selective he is.

Lara would have him out in 5 rounds. Canelo 9 rounds. He was lined up for Canelo when all his injuries started happening. Obviously the Canelo people considered him a safe opponent … You don’t see them clamoring for a Lara fight.

Posted December 13, 2013 4:45 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Kirkland will remain an entertaining but flawed slugger. The flaws are that glass chin, and he’s a front runner.

Posted December 13, 2013 1:23 pm 


kirkland needs the good boy treatment

Posted December 13, 2013 9:18 am 


Kirkland would go fast because he is way too one dimensional

Posted December 13, 2013 7:21 am 


Then GGG should have no poblems facing him

Posted December 13, 2013 2:34 am 


Kirkland is a bum

Posted December 13, 2013 2:23 am 


GGG says he csn do 154lbs, why not pick on Kirkland instead of BUMS!

Posted December 13, 2013 12:32 am 


I have heard it mentioned, more than once, that Golovkin could be a future opponent of Kirkland, if so, lights out for Kirkland………………have also heard Alvarez, more than once, possible Lara, whatever they will knock him out. Golovkin being the most dangerous…………

Posted December 13, 2013 12:26 am 


good article , good tuff fighter, to a certain level , does anyone remember jose the threat barret, and marlon starling….

Posted December 12, 2013 10:22 pm 

Liver Shot

Don’t buy into the HBO hype. Kirkland’s biggest fight is with himself. Can he fight among the elite fighters? He will be a live fighter as long as the other guy isn’t a banger. If he gets hit with the same shots from a GGG or a Canelo it will be lights out. He has no defense and no side to side just like Brandon Rios. He just needs to stay out of jail.

Posted December 12, 2013 8:22 pm 

von Pugsly

Not sure what the rest of you are smoking and I suggest an immediate upgrade. Kirkland is a lot of fun to watch and I can’t wait to see him in the ring again. Sure he’s limited but he brings the heat like no one’s business and has notched some quality wins over the years. And his loss to Molina ain’t along the lines of what Scrilla has posted below. Kirkland was losing on the cards to Molina when he hurt and dropped him in the 10th. Molina’s people entered the ring before the bell and Molina was DQ’d. Would Molina have won a decision? Maybe. But my money would have been on Kirkland to follow up and KO him in the next round. Hope we see Kirkland in with someone decent next. Maybe Andrade or one of the Charlo brothers. Kirkland obviously wont’ be fighting anyone with GBP seeing that he ditched the outfit and is now with 50c. That leaves Top Rank, Main Events and other promoters besides GBP for Kirkland to find an opponent from.

Posted December 12, 2013 8:16 pm 


Kirkland looks like his left arm, shoulder or hand is hurt. He does not throw it with authority (unless the match is already over). Kinda looks like Cintron’s hurt right. We are talking about a guy who still has no head movement and now he is injured. Still VERY fun to watch! I’d rather watch this guy fight than Floyd, Ward, or Devon Alexander.

Posted December 12, 2013 8:12 pm 

Jim Rich

I think the only reason Kirkland has stood up to shots better in recent fights is because his physical conditioning is better. Any solid puncher like GGG or Martinez or alverez hits him solid, then goodbye kirkland. I think ALverez vs Kirkland would be a sweet fight because alverez isn’t going to wilt like tapia so would be one action packed fight.

Posted December 12, 2013 7:20 pm 

Edgar Guevara

Kirkland will repeat Tony Ayala story.

Posted December 12, 2013 7:19 pm 


Kirkland is the same guy that lost to Carlos Molina and got a gift from the judges. This guy is as good as his next fight not really consistent. He is a club fighter with a descent chin.

Posted December 12, 2013 6:53 pm 

te tumbo

being hurt by flush-shots is logical. wilting and folding after every solid poke on the chin is a fatal flaw. Kirkland overcame the latter v. Tapia. he took flush-shots, was hurt, but didN’T wilt or fold. he did the same v. Angulo. i’m still a bit surprised by the new and improved Kirkland’s newfound resilience but i give Wolfe a lot of the credit. she’s the only trainer i can recall that ever improved a fighter’s previously suspect chin. otherwise, you can’t teach height or train for a durable chin and jaw. you’re supposed to be either born with it or not. nonetheless, Wolfe’s influence on Kirkland’s has resulted in improved resilience durability.

Posted December 12, 2013 6:16 pm 

Jonn E. JaGozza

Come on guys let’s get real here. He beats up a grade B fighter then people say, “he’s back” Fight some top contenders to really show us that you”re back .. PEACE

Posted December 12, 2013 6:11 pm 


They’ll AVOID Kirkland unless he ‘fall out’ with Ann Wolfe again!

Posted December 12, 2013 5:24 pm 


kirkland will return to the gutter when his short career is over

Posted December 12, 2013 5:01 pm 


I think if my man Ruslan and Kirkland met Ruslan would smash him

Posted December 12, 2013 4:47 pm 


Kirkland is one of those guys that had a steak on his plate but instead decided to kill a homeless guy for his sandwich!

Posted December 12, 2013 4:45 pm 


Kirkland’s achille’s heel is his fragile mind. He looks and acts a little like Mike Tyson in Mike’s early days. The only person who can really can control him is Ann Wolfe. If she loses control of him, it could be the beginning of the end. Fortunarely for now, there is no Don King to take Kirkland away. I wonder if everyone down plays Ishida’s destruction of Kirkland because of GGG’s quick KO of Ishida. I would want to see a rematch before I make that conclusion like so many has. BTW, someone mentioned that Kirkland wasn’t hurt by any of Tapia’s punches. I think you should watch the first round again. It reminded me of the Ishida fight.

Posted December 12, 2013 4:41 pm 

Jim Rich

Kirkland was badly hurt in round 1 with tapia and staggered a few other rounds when tapia was so gassed he could hardly punch. Tapia wasn’t ready for prime time, poor stamina and stage fright and he was on empty before the fight started. Kirkland chin will fail again against anyone good, lara or other decent boxers will just dance circles around kirkland. Anytime Kirkland is hit halfway flush his legs buckle. Physically Kirkland is ready but he is predicable straight ahead wild punching machine and that is negated by movment and boxing like from ishida. I think Ishida could beat kirkland again, but they won’t fight again since ishida has lost few times. Kirkland is gutsy though if your not on your A game your going to get clocked. Se how alverez couldn’t land anything on mayweather, well that is what would happen with kirkland he would land anything and would get Ko. Baby Joe Mesi looked like the next comming agains weak competition but when every these fighters step up to the top level they get blown away, not doubt Kirkland will get blown out at the top level but it will be a fun ride watching kirkland the next few fights. All I’m going to be watching for is kirkland hitting the canvas as we all know its comming for him but lets see how far him and wolfe can make it, he’s a good cash cow gate keeper. If you don’t have real skills or aren’t ready for prime time kirkland is going to give you a bad beating. Kirkland has earned a bigger fight, so one of the lower tier top level fighters will give him a shot. Kirkland has the outside puncher chance so who knows he may bet by one of them if he is really lucky, time will tell.

Posted December 12, 2013 4:25 pm 

te tumbo

i was impressed by Kirkland’s resilience v. a fiercely-determined but perhaps overconfident Tapia. based on that showing, i would say Kirkland is 125% back. i’m beginning to consider that Kirkland being poked to the canvas by Ishida and rocked by Angulo was more mental than physical(?). otherwise, i don’t recall ever seeing a fighter with a suspect chin return with a new and improved chin and jaw(?!). i had already dismissed Kirkland as the 154lb-version of Seth Mitchell (and visa-versa) but no more. Tapia teed-off on Kirkland with ferocity and confidence and Kirkland barely flinched before responding with his own notoriously-potent arsenal. hopefully, Kirkland has finally learned that he needs Wolfe in his camp and corner to reach his full potential. Three Times she’s salvaged a potential loss for a win v. Angulo, Molina, Tapia. her grueling (sadistic?) training regimen and no-nonsense demands in the corner is precisely the jolt that a fighter like Kirkland needs to prepare and not despair v. his toughest opponents. he lived up to the hype v. Tapia and i’m optimistic about Kirkland’s potential once again.

Posted December 12, 2013 4:12 pm 


Well Kirkland did agree to fight Canelo and it was scheduled and then Kirkland backed out. Wouldn’t mind seeing the fight though.

Posted December 12, 2013 3:56 pm 


NONE of the BIG BOYS at 154 (Canelo, Lara, Trout) will FIGHT him they’ll avoid him like the PLAGUE!!

Posted December 12, 2013 3:44 pm 

Jim Rich

How about Amir Khan vs Kirkland if Khan doesn’t win against mayweather. That would be a jolly good show one way or the other.

Posted December 12, 2013 3:37 pm 


Yeah I agree, need to see him in some more fights. But also I never thought he could rule a division and become champ. I think he could get his hands on a title though. Molina should of been disqualified in his fight against Kirkland with all that holding. He can rematch him just to right the train and knock him out

Posted December 12, 2013 3:34 pm 


Too many long breaks. He needs to perform consistently over an extended period of time. No need to have orgasms over him yet. Let’s see some more foreplay first.

Posted December 12, 2013 3:07 pm 


As soon as someone with a good punch tags his chin he’s gone.

Posted December 12, 2013 2:58 pm 

Da UnKnown Comic

Good point. Put him in with Lara or Trout or Alvarez or Cotto or someone real. Or dare I say Molina? He has a belt James. Lol

Posted December 12, 2013 2:41 pm 

Da UnKnown Comic

Good point. Put him in with Lara or Trout or Alvarez or Cotto or someone real. Or dare I say Molina? He has a belt Jame. Lol

Posted December 12, 2013 2:40 pm 

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