James Kirkland
Nickname: Mandingo Warrior

James Kirkland

Born Mar 19, 1984
Age 33
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Reach 70" (178 cm)
Head Trainers Ann Wolfe
Stance Southpaw
Style brawler / swarmer
Division Middleweight
Years Active 2001--09; 2011-Present
Record 34 2 0
NC 0
KOs 28
KO% 77%


Austin, TX USA


Updated: Jan 3, 2017

34-2, 28 KO

Last Fight: KO 3 by Canelo Alvarez, May 9, 2015

Weight (last fight): 154½ lbs

Next Fight: Miguel Cotto, Feb 25, 2017

James Derick Kirkland (born March 19, 1984) is an American professional boxer and was one of boxing's most popular junior middleweights in the late 2000s and early 2010s. An exciting, bombs-away brawler, Kirkland has a reputation for being a highly aggressive pressure fighter with good punching power.

After a stellar amateur career, James, instead of going to the Olympics, turned pro in 2001 in order to take care of his family.

Trained by former women's champion Ann Wolfe, James was unbeaten in his first 27 bouts, notching 24 knockouts in the process. Following a 2 year layoff due to a prison stint, James recorded a first round knockout of Ahsandi Gibbs but was then surprsingly knocked out by Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan in April 2011.

James Kirkland vs. Alfredo Angulo
On November 5, 2011, in a highly exciting fight, Kirkland rose from a first round knockdown to defeat Angulo via 6th-round TKO.

Kirkland vs. Canelo
Kirkland fought former Super Welterweight Champion Canelo Álvarez on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas with Kirkland losing by KO in 3rd round in an exciting back-and-forth brawl.

James' fighting style, punching power, ability to absorb punishment and nononense attitude have made him a fan favorite through the years.


Punching power

  Significant Wins  

W- TKO 6 Glenn Tapia - 2013
W- TKO 6 Alfredo Angulo -2011
W- TKO 6 Alfredo Angulo -2011
W- TKO 6 Joel Julio - 2009
W- TKO 8 Brian Vera - 2008

  Significant Loses  

L - KO 3 by Canelo Alvarez - 2015

  Amateur Info  

Record 134-12

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