dr marten 3989 Angulo explains eye injury in loss to Lara
CARSON, Calif. After Alfredo Angulo turned his back on Erislandy Lara in the middle of a highly competitive fight Saturday on Showtime, talk immediately turned to a hot button debate in boxing: When is it OK to quit?Angulo’s grotesquely swollen eye, which he claimed was the result of a thumb from Lara (though replays seemed to indicate it resulted from a clean punch), led to speculation Angulo suffered a fractured left orbital. Many fans and observers understood him bowing out of the fight, while others were critical.But if you ask Angulo, it was all a misunderstanding.”I never quit. I turned to tell (trainer) Virgil (Hunter) that my eye got thumbed twice,” Angulo told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday in a text message through his attorney and co manager Lucy Haro.”The ref (Raul Caiz. Sr.) stopped it without checking the situation or giving a count. A regular punch would not do that (damage). It’s dirty fighting by Lara, again. I was following the game plan and was building the pressure. But I won the love and respect of nonbelievers,
too.”Angulo (22 3, 18 KOs) dropped Lara twice in the bout, but was down on two of the three official scorecards at the time of the stoppage 1:50 of the 10th round. Pacific, Angulo’s co manager Michael Miller told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.Inexplicably, Angulo didn’t receive an X ray or an MRI at the hospital. It was ruled he didn’t suffer any fractures or breaks.Miller isn’t satisfied and says Angulo will visit an ophthalmologist probably Monday.”The plastic surgeon at ringside said he thought that not only was it broken, he thought it might be shattered in pieces,” Miller said. “What happened to him at UCLA seems to be just a big waste of time. Nobody really checked him out.”The chances that there wasn’t a break are pretty high, though. Let’s hope that that’s what happened. I’m not going to protest or anything like that, we’re going to move on. Lucy says his eye looks a lot better today. It’s obviously swollen and it’s bruised”Angulo kept ice on his injured eye all night to reduce the swelling. But he was in good spirits Sunday and attended his daughter’s dance recital in Southern California,
wearing sunglasses to shield the damage.