Former junior middleweight titlist Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora and Alfredo "Perro" Angulo, who are both coming off losses and who have both been out of the ring since 2016, will look to keep their careers alive against each other next month.
They are friends and former sparring partners, but they will meet in a scheduled eight-round super middleweight fight on April 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The bout will be part of the non-televised portion of the Showtime tripleheader headlined by the junior middleweight world title unification fight between Jarrett Hurd (21-0, 15 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KOs).
"It was a fight I was trying to avoid for quite a while. Perro is a friend," Mora told ESPN on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the more time that passed the more it made sense for both of us. He's been inactive just as long as I have and I was not being offered anything worth accepting, so I guess we both agreed."
When Mora was starring in the first season of "The Contender" reality series in 2005, which he won before going on to win a 154-pound world title, he was preparing for the season finale fight and used Angulo as a sparring partner.
Mora (28-5-2, 9 KOs), 37, of Los Angeles, won a world title in 2008 by majority decision upset of the late Vernon Forrest but lost the belt to him three months later in the immediate rematch.
Mora has lost two fights in a row by knockout to then-secondary middleweight world titleholder Daniel Jacobs, getting stopped in the second round in the first fight in August 2015 because of an ankle injury and then losing by seventh-round stoppage in the rematch in September 2016.
Former junior middleweight contender Angulo (24-6, 20 KOs), 35, of Mexico, is known for his all-out brawling style that made him a fan favorite, but he has not been a major factor for years.
He has faced several high-profile opponents but lost to most of them, including 10th-round knockout losses to Canelo Alvarez and Lara in back-to-back fights in 2013 and 2014. Angulo has lost four of his past six fights since 2013 and has not fought since a 10-round decision loss to journeyman Freddy Hernandez in August 2016.
In the co-feature, super middleweight titlist Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KOs) and James DeGale (23-2-1, 14 KOs) will meet in a rematch of Truax's majority decision win over DeGale in a huge upset on Dec. 9 in DeGale's hometown of London. In the opener, Julian "J-Rock'' Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) and Nathaniel Gallimore (20-1-1, 17 KOs) will meet in a junior middleweight world title elimination fight.
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