News in Boxing

Up to now, most experts believe Canelo Alvarez will defeat Julio Cesar Chavez in their May 6 super middleweight, catchweight superfight.

Published in News

So what'll happen if Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fails to make the 164.5 pound catchweight on May 6 for his bout with Canelo Alvarez?

Published in News

In one of the most talked about fights in years, Canelo Alvarez will face countryman and Mexican rival Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on May 6.

Published in News

Fight legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., father and adviser to his son, Julio Jr, is confident his son will emerge triumphant on May 6 when the latter faces superstar Canelo Alvarez.

Published in News

Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin is undoubtedly the hottest match-up among boxing purists.

Published in News

So who will win the May 6 superfight between Mexican stars Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr?

Published in News

On May 6, Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (50-2-1, 32 KOs) in a bout that might be one the biggest of the year.

Published in News
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 22:06

James Kirkland

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.

Published in Fighters