James Kirkland loses in a round to Montiel.

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Kirkland had certainly earned the right to one more decent payday, but let's hope that's it for him.
His reflexes are completely gone. He made the dangerous-but-average skilled Montiel look like Lomachenko.

Not to knock Montiel, though. Maybe he's got a new trainer, or a new outlook on training. He looked awfully crisp in there.
 
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Kirkland is cooked. He stood there like a deer in the headlights while Montiel systematically destroyed him.
 
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Morrell Jr took the fight on short notice and looks like the real deal.

Morrell does look pretty good, but Gravonsky was a human punching bag. No defense, slow hands, and a puzzling desire to stand right at the end of Morrell's 7" reach advantage.

Hard to tell much from that fight.
 
May 17, 2013
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Kirkland is done. Needs to hang em up.
Well, it was claimed he had gym wars when he was training under Ann Wolfe in Houston and I'm sure that took something out of him.

He's one of those fighters that either going to win in spectacular fashion or lose the same way. 34 wins with 30 KO's and 3 losses, all by KO.
 
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No one can blame Anne Wolfe for Kirkland's shortcomings. She had him focused and as really as he could be. He always had a China chin.
 

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Kirkland is done. Needs to hang em up.
Where have I heard that before :lol:

He sort of did in 2012-2013 until 2015 when for some reason Canelo wanted a piece of his shot ass and beat him up :sad
Then he went away again and sadly came back in 2019.