James Kirkland is back and ready for Glen Tapia Dec 7th!

October 16, 2013



After being rumored for awhile now, I can officially confirm that James Kirkland (31-1) has signed with 50 cent’s SMS Promotions. 50 cent spoke on his excitement for his newly acquired fighter. “James concentrates on conditioning and building strength,”50 Cent said. “He brings the fight to you and is aggressive in the ring. The crowd loves the action and I’m excited to make him a part of our team.” The junior middleweight division hasn’t been the same with out him and a lot of experts are expecting Kirkland to get right back into title contention and he believes his new promoter will do wonders for him. “I had a relationship with 50-Cent before he came into the boxing business,” Kirkland explained. “We already had a friendship when he got this group together. He can do what no other promoters can do. He’s a different type of promoter who can make things happen in and out of the ring for me. It’s clear to me that I made the right decision.”

Whether or not Kirkland made the right decision is up in the air. He let his whole team go and is starting fresh. The last time he fought without Ann Wolfe in his corner he lost to Nobuhiro Ishida by first round KO. “A lot of people know that I haven’t been on a long layoff,” Kirkland concluded. “I’ve been working hard since the beginning of my lawsuit. Now that things are in motion, I’m jumping right into the mix. My sparring sessions are like fights for other guys.”

As far as his comeback fight, Kirkland stated, “I had this great opportunity come along with Glen Tapia. He just doesn’t have what comes with knowledge in boxing, but he will know that December 7th. There are different levels of fighting, as they say in the street, and he hasn’t fought anybody at my level in his 20 fights. I don’t talk too much before a fight but, he doesn’t have to worry about being 21-0, because I’m going to knock his ass out December 7th.”

Kirkland talked more about his comeback and all but guaranteed a knockout. “The proof is in the pudding. All I have to do is put in extra work and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m not overlooking him. This is his ‘Mayweather’ fight. He wants to win and be an exciting fighter on HBO…..that’s not going to happen! It all comes down to me boxing at my best; I can beat anybody at 154 pounds or 160, name anybody. Who does what I do? There are a couple of cats at 160 who can put on a great performance but, right now, I’m concentrating on Glen Tapia. Congratulations for him getting this fight but we are at different levels.”

On Tough Talk Tuesday this week we had on the show the newly crowned IBF jr middleweight Carlos Molina. Molina did mention he was interested in fighting Kirkland again because he feels that fight labeled him as boring. So we may see Kirkland in a championship fight sooner than later. The question now is without Ann Wolfe can Kirkland still put up efforts like he did against opponents like Joel Julio and Alfredo Angulo. We will find out on Dec 7th!

Lucas Biggers


About Lucas BIggers

I am a fan turned writer, who wants to help bring the sport of boxing back to its golden age.

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