Alfredo Angulo vs. Cosme Rivera

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2009-02-14 : Alfredo Angulo 153½ lbs beat Cosme Rivera 151½ lbs by TKO at 2:38 in round 5 of 10

Weights: Angulo 153 1/2 lbs., Rivera 151 1/2 lbs.
Aired On: HBO Boxing After Dark
Time: 2:38


Rivera came out on the move and throwing jabs from the distance. Angulo quickly closed the gap, but suffered a bad cut over the right eye from a clash of heads - the referee ruled the cut was caused by a punch. Angulo became very active at the end of the first when the blood began to flow from his cut. Rivera came back in the second on the move and landing jabs to keep Angulo away. In the final minute, Angulo landed a big left to hurt Rivera. The two would start fighting toe to toe with big punches. Angulo would get the better of the exchanges. Angulo went back on the attack in the third, landing some big punches to get Rivera in trouble. River barely made it out of the round as Angulo tried to finish him off in the final minute. Left hooks from Rivera in fourth would open Angulo's cut back up but he kept on coming and kept on punching with the harder shots. The pounding continued in the fifth, Angulo came out with power punches, coming forward and dealing some punishment. An assault of punches in the fifth would force a Florida commission member to jump on the apron to stop the fight.


  • Angulo was originally scheduled to fight former champion Ricardo Mayorga who pulled out 10 days prior after reportedly demanding a larger purse.[1]
  • Rivera took the fight on four days notice and, as reported by HBO during the broadcast, earned a $70000 purse.