Part One, we learned: (See Link to part one at the bottom of page.)
August 11, 2011, junior middleweight Alfredo “Perro” Angulo will be 29 years
old and will have been out of the ring for a little over a year, expelled to
his own country due to a visa that expired for one of two reasons. Angulo’s new
legal team of Mike Miller and Kelly O’Neill claim the visa was not renewed
because someone dropped the ball, forgetting to renew it before it expired. Had
Angulo’s legal team, in its estimation, gone through the proper processes, they
feel he would still be fighting on HBO in the kinds of fights that fellow
Mexican junior middleweight and middleweight fighters like Saul Alvarez and
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. are enjoying right now.
it been done right, had he gone back and re-filed his paperwork to renew his
visa, because he didn’t have a black mark on him, because nothing had happened
during the three years that he had been here, it just would’ve been proper
protocol to renew his visa like everybody else gets renewed,” claims Miller.
“But you’ve got to go back and touch home plate. My understanding is you’ve got
to go back and renew your application. They run you through the system and make
sure you are on the up and up, make sure you are paying your taxes, haven’t
been arrested, haven’t done anything stupid. If it all checks out, they renew
be fair to Angulo, in Part One, I wrote that because of the fact that he fought
twice on HBO with an expired visa, he was either playing the ignorant foreigner
or was incredibly calculating to hide in plain televised sight twice. However,
there is a third possibility: he simply did not know the visa had expired.
Should Angulo have been on top of it? In my opinion, yes, but it is fair to say
that it was the responsibility of his former legal team to handle this issue.
Miller feels that at the least, Gary Shaw, as the visa petitioner, should bear
some responsibility as well.
had a P-1 Visa that Gary was the petitioner on. Gary’s name is on the visa and
frankly, Gary is responsible for [Angulo’s] actions while he is the U.S. and
had to make sure that he renews his visa before it expires and that didn’t
happen,” Miller told me.
didn’t cause it,” Shaw told me on the Leave-it-in-the-ring.com radio show. “I
had him going into superstardom on HBO. I started him on Showtime and moved him
to HBO. Why are you on my case? I didn’t do whatever is costing him.”
lawyer, Leon Margules disagrees with Miller on the basis that Angulo should not
have even had the 2007 visa in the first place, due to a past infraction.
wouldn’t extend it because, May 18, 2006, he was deported and was ordered to
stay out of the United States for at least ten years for being convicted of
smuggling these immigrants,” Margules explained to me. “The visa that Gary got
issued was by accident because when they issued the visa, they didn’t somehow
come across this US Department of Justice order deporting him. In other words,
Gary shouldn’t have gotten the visa that was granted. It should have never been
granted. In other words, it was granted by mistake.”
recently alluded to this issue on a recent episode of Leave-it-in-the-ring.com.
knew he was illegal, not even myself,” Shaw said. “It goes beyond [the fact
that] he was illegal. That is all I am going to say. I am telling you guys to
drop it. I’m not going to discuss it other than it goes beyond being illegal.
He didn’t just cross the border and sneak in.”
counters that if the infraction was so egregious, in the post-9/11 world,
Angulo would not have been given a visa under any circumstances.
hadn’t been arrested in the last four years for anything, so if [the State and
Immigration Department] had done their homework and found out he was bad guy
and smuggling illegal aliens and all that kind of stuff, after 9/11, I don’t
think they would have issued him a visa to come to the US. I just don’t. I
can’t read minds but you and I can come to the same conclusion, I bet. If he
was a bad guy and had this huge mark on him, you know…he eventually got in.”
explained to me that when Shaw and Angulo found out the visa had expired, Shaw
hired immigration attorney Frank Ronzio to handle the case. According to Margules,
Ronzio cited the 2006 infraction as reason for not taking on the case.
am not an immigration expert. What I am telling you is what Ronzio told me,
explained Margules. “Gary called Ronzio and said, ‘Is there anything we can do
to get this kid back in? Whatever the fee is, I want to take care of it.’ And Ronzio
said, ‘Gary, I don’t want to take your money. There is nothing I can do. The
kid was deported for ten years.’
declined to be interviewed for this story.
current immigration attorney Kelly O’Neill told me had the 2006 infraction been
the roadblock to Angulo’s current visa problems, he would not have taken the
brings us to the present.
the case and its obstacles, what matters now is what is being done to rectify
new visa has been approved,” Angulo told me by phone recently from a location
near the Mexican border. “We are just waiting for the right people to check my
papers and give the approval for the visa to be handed over to me. My lawyer is
the one taking care of all that. I am just waiting for them to contact me to
pick up my visa. The ‘O’ visa is already approved. That is what I'm waiting
problems don’t get fixed overnight,” explained Miller, “so we are in the
process of setting up interviews. We had to submit an entire new set of
documents and we are in the process of setting up interviews at the American
consulate’s office in Tijuana for Angulo. But you don’t just show up. You can
only go when you have an appointment, so scheduling an appointment is key and
we’ve done that. [Angulo] has given his preliminary statement to the consulate
and now we are waiting for his waiver to be granted by the State Department. So
it can come tomorrow; it can come two months from now or two years from now.
They never give you a guarantee if it’s ever going to come. In other words, it
may be bad news and he’s disallowed and you kind of have to go back to the end
of the line. It’s not over; you just have to go and reapply. Or it comes as
early tomorrow and they say, ‘Welcome back.’”
explained that the visa Angulo has been approved for is an O-1 Visa, which is
reserved for “extraordinary athletes.” According to the U.S. Immigration
Services website, “The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who
possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or
athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the
motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or
internationally for those achievements.”
qualify for an O-1 Visa, “the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary
ability by sustained national or international acclaim and must be coming
temporarily to the United States to continue work in the area of extraordinary
being a 2004 Mexican team Olympian and top-ranked professional boxer, fits that
comes the waiting game, which O’Neill feels confident will end later this year.
the reason may be up for debate, the fact that Angulo cannot fight in the US is
clear. Why he hasn’t fought anywhere else in the world, particularly in Mexico
where he would surely sell a lot of tickets, is not. Shaw and Margules cite
several reasons for this.
one, they had already made an offer to Angulo to fight Sergio Martinez on HBO
for $750,000, a fight that eventually went to Paul Williams. According to Shaw
and Margules, Angulo rejected it. In their opinion, that deal, which also
included a guaranteed return fight to HBO- win or lose- was as good an
opportunity as Angulo was likely to get.
I offered him the money, he would still keep his ranking in 154 [pounds] in [the]
WBC [and get an] HBO guaranteed comeback fight, win or lose,” said Shaw. “Why
would you stop talking to me? What did I do wrong? I just want to know what I
Angulo’s immigration status, as interpreted by Shaw and Margules, prevents
Angulo from fighting on HBO.
is not going [to Mexico],” Shaw said. “Showtime is not going to Mexico.
Showtime pulled out of the [Yonnhy] Perez-[Vic] Darchinyan fight and we had a
great deal in Mexico. Showtime was going to go but because of all the violence,
they will not go under the circumstances. They said, ‘We are not going to
Mexico.’ And that happened at the last minute and that is why we ended up in
the Nokia Center.”
disagrees with that assessment.
the right fight, [HBO] will go,” said Miller.
might go for one fight but for more than one fighter? Unlikely, says Shaw.
even if they did one fight, so you promote him in Mexico. You’re not doing
every one of his fights in Mexico. That’s not happening,” Shaw contends. “Even
if I promote him in a fight in Mexico, so what? How is he going to make the big
money? Even if HBO let him do one fight there, they are not going to Mexico for
every Angulo fight.”
I asked an HBO spokesperson whether or not that network would televise Angulo
in a Mexico-based broadcast, they responded, “We don’t comment on speculation.
If his promoter brings us a fight that is within the proper framework, we
spokesperson also reiterated that Angulo was not banned from HBO as previously
reported. They went on to tell me that the recent troubles in Mexico have not
and will not prevent HBO from broadcasting from that country and have in fact
done shows in Tijuana and Cancun twice among others. This Saturday, HBO will
broadcast the WBC junior middleweight title fight between defending titleholder
Saul Alvarez and Ryan Rhodes, live and on site from the Arena VFG in Tlajomulco
de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico.
issue is the matter of Shaw, Angulo’s promoter of record, not getting him
any legitimate fight offers beyond the Martinez fight, which was offered last
year. Beyond that fight, according to Miller, while fights have been hinted at
by Shaw, no concrete offers have been made. Among those hinted at was a fight
in Australia, which was given the go-ahead by Miller. That fight never
the Martinez fight fell through, Gary has not made one offer. Not one,” said
Miller. “In November, I got a call [from Shaw], ‘Hey Miller, what if I got him
a fight in Australia? Would that affect his visa?’ Of course not. That was Gary
personally. Then in January, Gary’s lawyer, Leon Margules called and said,
‘We’ve got a fight offer. It’s very interesting. It’ll be coming very soon.’
Well, that never came. Then about three or four weeks ago, Leon called me
again. ‘An offer is imminent. It will be forthcoming.’ I still haven’t seen it,
so it is very frustrating. There are companies that would love to have him that
are outside the country.”
says yet another reason why Angulo has not fought might be that communication
with him took some time to be reestablished. Angulo and Shaw had ceased
speaking since the Martinez fight fell apart. Between Angulo changing
management and the time frame of events, according to Margules, Angulo’s
inactivity should not be a surprise.
sent a letter to him in, I believe, September, that said, ‘We represent Gary
Shaw. The contract is hereby extended,’” explained Margules. “[We told him
about] the letter from HBO. [Angulo] was in litigation with his [then] manager
Mike Criscio, so he wasn’t talking to him. So we wrote a letter basically
saying, ‘Until you clean up your immigration status, the contract is on hold
because we can’t get you on HBO.’ You know, he was making big money and then,
we don’t hear from anyone for three months.”
Miller took over representation for Angulo after the split with Criscio (who
could not reached for comment on this story), Margules received a letter
informing him of the change.
in maybe December of last year, I get a letter that Miller is representing
him,” explained Margules. “And the first letter Miller sends me is that he is
getting [Angulo] back in the country and it could be any day or any week and
please start looking for a fight for him on HBO. We explained to him that as
soon as you get him in the country [then negotiations can begin]. I can’t talk
to HBO until you get him a social security number and get him back in the
country because HBO was not willing to talk about it. And then in March or
February, I get another letter from Miller saying, ‘Well, it’s not looking so
inevitable. It may take several months. Maybe we should start looking for a
fight out of the United States.’ Well, it’s only June for Christ’s sake. He was
supposed to fight in September. So this is a bunch of happy horsesh*t, this
informed me that there was a recent offer from K2 Promotions for Angulo to
fight on the undercard of the July 2 Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye card in
Germany. Miller claimed that he informed Margules of the offer via text in
early May. Margules conceded he was informed earlier of the fight but was
unsure if it was as far back as Miller claimed. Margules showed me a series of
emails, dated May 27 and beginning at 11:22 in the morning, detailing the final
conversation regarding that fight offer.
Miller’s side, the issue was that Shaw needed to give an OK for the fight to go
ahead but that “time was of the essence.” The emails began at 11:22 in the
morning and by the time they had finished at 5:12 that evening, the fight had
been OK’d but deemed, at six weeks from the fight, to be insufficient time to
get ready for the bout. The final email intimated that Angulo felt Shaw had
stonewalled him until the fight became an impossibility. Six weeks to train and
travel to Germany is simply not an ideal time frame for a fighter off as long
as Angulo has been.
emails also expressed Angulo’s unwillingness to be further promoted by Shaw.Angulo said as much to me in our
believe I would be very happy to return to the United States and fight in front
of the people who have always supported me in the United States,” said Angulo.
“I think that if I go back, I would like to return as a free agent and not [in]
handcuffs with a promoter.”Angulo’s
frustration comes from the fact that despite turning down one fight, he has not
been offered anything that could be construed as a real fight since. In fact,
the only fight involving Angulo, has been Shaw stating in the press he would
litigate if someone tried to sign away his fighter.
recent as January and as early as August 2010, rumors have circulated that
Golden Boy Promotions might be circling their wagons around Angulo. In a story
written by Examiner.com’s Michael Marley in August 2010, Shaw was asked about
the rumor and he responded, “I hope ‘Perro’ comes back; I have a contract
with ‘Perro’ and hope GBP respects that, as everyone knows I will sue.”
lack of fights has Angulo questioning his own promotional status as well as
Shaw’s inability to make a fight for him.“Well, [Shaw] has made sure to tell most promoters that he is my promoter
and that, if they put me in one of their cards, he will sue them,” said Angulo
when I asked what his promotional status is at this point. “But I think that,
if he considers himself to be my promoter, I haven't fought in a year. I do not
understand; if he says he is my promoter, why he hasn't gotten me a fight in a
year? I can fight anywhere in the world, Mexico, or in Europe, or any other
continent. The only place where, for the moment, I cannot fight is in the
United States. He has been in contact with my lawyers, saying that he is
looking for a fight but he has been looking for a fight for a year and I do not
believe that in a year, he cannot get a fight.”
naturally brings us to Angulo’s actual promotional status. From what I
understand, nowhere in Angulo’s contract does it say he has to fight on HBO (or
Showtime, for that matter). Being a promoter requires getting your fighter
fights. While the fights available to Angulo right now might be not HBO
paycheck-level, the man simply wants to ply his trade somewhere, anywhere.
past the HBO point of contention, why hasn’t Shaw, as Angulo’s promoter, at
least gotten him a stay-busy fight in Mexico where Angulo would surely sell
plan B,” said Margules.
to Shaw, he is in negotiations right now for a fight for Angulo. When, where
and against whom was not mentioned. Shaw implied it would be an off-network
don’t know if you are going to see him but he will be back in the ring,” Shaw
past week, I was told that the local government and possibly the Mexican
National Boxing Commission would be assisting Angulo in securing a fight in
Mexicali soon, tentatively scheduled for late August. Several news sources
reported the possibility of a fight for Angulo; Boxingscene.com confirmed it
with Angulo himself that he will be fighting at the Nido Sport Center in
Mexicali against the dreaded TBA. There was no mention of Shaw being involved.
it stands right now, Gary Shaw is still Alfredo Angulo’s promoter. However,
a source close to the situation, who asked to remain anonymous, informs me that
may not be true. So where are the fights?
source close to the situation, who asked to remain anonymous, informed me that
while Shaw has extended his contract with Angulo via the aforementioned letter,
that extension may not be valid for a few reasons. Among them, that extension
was dependent on Angulo becoming a world champion. To date, Angulo has only won
an interim WBO junior middleweight belt. There may be a loophole there. This
source also pointed out that the contract between Shaw and Angulo is subject to
New York State Athletic Commission rules, one of which states that
promoter/fighter contract cannot exceed three years. Also, an extension cannot
just automatically be renewed or extended. This source contends that Angulo’s
contract was over some time ago due to those violations and possibly others, including
a lack of fights in a specific timeframe that were agreed upon in the contract.
Shaw is Angulo’s current promoter, he is also a man deeply hurt by the rift
between fighter he considered “like a son” and himself.
used to kid that I would marry his mother so he would be my real son,” Shaw
told me. “I am hurt on two levels. I lost the biggest fighter I made. On a
level of intimacy, I am devastated. I thought I’d be walking this kid into
Canastota. I wouldn’t care if he left me but why never speak to me?”
the eye of this 11-month storm is an inactive fighter who was reaching the peak
of his abilities when we last saw him. Since that time, fans, boxing writers,
and industry insiders have wondered, “Where’s ‘Perro’ and what is he doing?”
been] in Mexicali, here where I was born, where my mom still lives,” answered
Angulo. “Sincerely, it has been very frustrating to me because I haven't been
able to do what I want, what I like to do, which is fight. I have been
able to continue training but it is not the same to train [and] having a date
to fight than to be just training. Not being able to see the people, the fans
that like the way in which ‘Perro’ fights. One of the things that has
frustrated me the most up to now is that anywhere I go during the day, every
day since all this started, everybody asks me, ‘Hey, when are you gonna fight?
When are you gonna fight again? When are you gonna fight ‘Canelo’? When are you
gonna fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.? And when are you gonna fight [Sergio] Martinez?’…Not
being able to have a concrete answer to all those questions is something very
frustrating, not being able to answer to them, or that they may think I'm
ignoring them. I don't like that because I don't…I don't ignore them. On the
contrary, I'm very, very proud of the fact that they like the way I fight. That
is what keeps me standing; that even though people have not seen me fight in a
year, they still keep asking, ‘When will ‘Perro’ fight? Where will ‘Perro’
fight?’ and they want to see ‘Perro.’ I believe that is something very
beautiful. I don't have the means to repay people their appreciation and the
love they have for me because even though they don't know me as a person, they
love me. Words fail me to express my gratitude to them.”
he has been away from fight fans’ sight in the ring, Angulo has certainly not
stayed out of the gym. However, he has not been able to continue the work he
was doing with conditioning guru Darryl Hudson, who was physically taking
Angulo to the next level before his long layoff.
I think you and most people know, I'm a gym rat,” Angulo told me. “I like to be
training. Right now, I have continued training. I was named godfather of a new
gym that was opened for kids here in Mexicali. I normally go three or four
times a week to see the kids train and try to help them in any way I can, with advice
or helping them a bit with their technique.”
the business of boxing or simply missing fighting, Angulo has lost something he
can never get back: precious time with his five-year-old daughter who was born
in the U.S. and who continues to live there with her mother.“[I've been] enjoying my family, seeing my
daughter during the weekends because she lives in Los Angeles,” said Angulo,
whose voice audibly displayed his emotions. “That is another of the things that
bother me right now because I cannot go to pick her up at school like I'm used
to. And enjoying my mom, my siblings, and the people I love, for it had been a long
time since I spent so much time with them. Right now, I have been trying to
take advantage of time that way.
is a U.S. citizen. They brought her for me to see her this weekend,” continued
Angulo. “They bring her every week or every 15 days. It depends; if her mom has
time to bring her, she brings her to the border and I pick her up there. Right
now, she is here. She just didn't want to come with me to speak on the phone.
She wanted to stay playing with her cousins.”Because his visa was allowed to expire,
Angulo has also lost his place in line to become a naturalized
you renew several times, you can receive full residency. You can apply for a
resident alien card that allows you to stay here and eventually, if you want to
be a citizen, that would be the third step,” explained Miller. “So he was
looking forward to a resident alien card where he didn’t have to worry about a
visa. He’s got a daughter here. So he wants to live in the US. He’s got family.
He wants to be in the US. Now he is back in line. He has to go to the end of
the line now. Once you put it off, his ability to get a resident card and even
further to get a citizenship status has been prolonged for years.”
for when he will again be able to fight in the U.S. again, Angulo is unsure.“Well, I honestly don't know that,” Angulo
told me. “That depends on the immigration people. I trust and have complete
hope that it would be very soon. About returning to the ring, I hope it to be
very soon. If I have to do the promotion myself to fight in Mexico or in any
place, I don't care. I will do so because being inactive for a year is too much
time and the life of a fighter is very short. So I have to continue with my
career with or without Gary Shaw's support.”
now, Perro will begin preparations for his tentative fight in August. Beyond
that, he will continue to wait and hope for a happy ending to the long and
complex tale that brought him to call me from the Mexican border.
we parted ways, I asked Angulo if there was anything that I had not asked about
that he wished discussed. In closing, he relayed an important message to the
media.“No, just that…Oh, sorry, yes, look…Scott
Hale [of Halestormsports.com] interviewed me because everybody has heard only
Gary Shaw's story,” said Angulo. “Not one journalist bothered to ask me
directly. Many told only Gary's story. Scott Hale did an interview with me and
disseminated it to all media outlets in the United States. It was not
published. None of the media disseminated it. He sent it to the media here in
Mexico and here in Mexico, it was published in all the newspapers. That
surprised me a lot that nobody published that interview. Nobody had the decency
or the desire to publish that interview despite the fact that Scott Hale had
sent it to them.”
that and a few parting pleasantries between us, Angulo and I said our goodbyes.
He returned home to enjoy his daughter for the little time he had left with her
that weekend and I went off to continue researching this story.
Thursday morning, when Part One of this story was published, I was contacted by
Lou DiBella, who informed that he believed Gary Shaw’s side of the Cintron
travel story detailed in Part One. He told me he had a list of fighters to
arrive via plane in Florida and he said that Angulo was on that list. He
reiterated Shaw’s and Margules’ claim that Angulo was scared to fly because he
was afraid of being caught because of his visa issue.
reminded him that the Cintron fight was in 2009 when his visa was still very
much valid. I also noted that Angulo, as told to me by Gary Shaw, flew to
Shaw’s father’s funeral which was held in New Jersey on March 9, 2010. At that
time, Angulo’s visa was still valid, begging the question: Why would a man with
a visa be afraid of flying to a title eliminator fight on HBO in Florida but
not care about being caught flying to the New Jersey for the funeral of his promoter’s
the end, there are many sides to this story. The full details of it all may
someday come fully to light. The truth, like Angulo, can only wait and