Alfredo Angulo may not be what he was at his peak as a top junior middleweight contender, but one thing has been a constant in the career of "El Perro" ("The Dog"): He has been a willing participant in many brawls. It is a fighting style he enjoys, and he has no plans to change.
"I love entertaining the fans. I want to keep going out there and fighting for the fans," Angulo said. "I want to be in big fights that fans remember."
Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) has won two fights in a row against modest opposition since dropping three straight -- against the likes of Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez. Angulo won't be in a big fight next time out, but he plans to make it entertaining when he takes on Mexican countryman Freddy Hernandez in a super middleweight fight contracted at 165 pounds.
Angulo, 33, should be a huge favorite when they meet in the co-feature of a Premier Boxing Champions tripleheader on Aug. 27 (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The fight will be Angulo's first in a year, since a fifth-round knockout of journeyman Hector Munoz last Aug. 29.
"I want to show people that 'El Perro' is back and that I still want to compete in the biggest fights. If I work hard, I think that I can have an opportunity by next year for a title shot," Angulo said.
"I've been training hard since the beginning of the year. I'm ready to get back in the ring and put on a show for the fans."
Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) is even more past his prime than Angulo. Hernandez , 37, has won three fights in a row after losing his six fights before that, and will be fighting way over his best weight, which was 147 pounds, where Andre Berto knocked Hernandez out in the first round of a world title fight in 2010. Still, Angulo said Mexican versus Mexican means it will be an exciting match.
"I know that this will be a very entertaining fight. My opponent and I both have a lot of pride. We fight like true Mexican warriors and will leave it all in the ring," Angulo said. "I don't expect this to go the decision, but I am ready to battle for every round. Fans don't question fights between two Mexican fighters. Everyone loves those kinds of matchups, like [Erik] Morales-[Marco Antonio] Barrera. Those fights are must-watch. The Mexican style is to go head-to-head and toe-to-toe."
Angulo said the layoff has rejuvenated him after many grueling fights.
"I feel better when I have rest in between fights. I feel stronger," Angulo said. "The rest has helped my body, and I'm going to be stronger and sharper when I get back in the ring.
"I got married and we have a child on the way, so I have a lot of emotions that I put into this training camp. It's hard for me to explain in words, but I hope that I can show everyone when I get into the ring on Aug. 27. I want fans to remember my fights, and I think this will be the best fight of the night."
Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs), 33, of Gilroy, California, who is 2-3 in his last five fights and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Danny Garcia for a vacant welterweight world title on Jan. 23, headlines the card against Argentina's David Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs), who turns 34 four days after the fight.
In the opener, 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs), 28, of Cleveland, will face Steve Martinez (16-2, 13 KOs), 26, of Bronx, New York.