Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara – Officially announced for July 12
May 09 2014 11:06 PM
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Photo Credit – Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Cuban WBA Junior Middleweight World Champion Erislandy Lara met with the press in Los Angeles to officially announce their 12-round junior middleweight fight taking place Saturday, July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and CaneloPromotions.

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brownsugar says:

Alvarez has really grown into his role. Its like he's read the ” Book of Champions” and has determined to follow the blueprint all the way to the top. He's already beaten 2 out of 3 of the fighters whom I was sure would have handed him his first defeat 2 years ago. Although his wins against Austin( where are you) Trout and Alfredo (I need a physical checkup) Angulo were slightly circumstantial.

If Lara stinks out the fight by circling and backing up all night… even though he may be leading in single digit jabs and pot shots (and compubox stats)…. There is no way he's getting that kind of victory in front of the pro Latino community on fight night….this ain't Floyd Mayweather we're talking about . Canelo can win just by stalking for twelve rounds.

Another masterful stroke of managerial genius by the Canello Camp.
For Lara to win this he will truly have to put his fragile chin at risk and FIGHT!!!!

El Dude says:

Erislandy Lara vs Saul Canelo Alvarez is the fight that the fans want to see but its to soon for Lara. The WBA champ Lara is struggling as it is with popularity and if he gets whooped by Canelo that could be the end of his big payday career. It would be smart for Lara to go after Floyd who is his mandatory opponent at LMW for the WBA title because a loss to Floyd is permissible in the minds of the fans and its also very profitable. Canelo is seeking the winner between Cotto and Garcia which makes sense being that Canelo has no title. Canelo also has two other great possibilities like facing WBO champ Demetrius Andrade or he could go after the IBF title vs Carlos the rapist Molina.
by El Dude.

oubobcat says:

[QUOTE=brownsugar;51805]Alvarez has really grown into his role. Its like he's read the ” Book of Champions” and has determined to follow the blueprint all the way to the top. He's already beaten 2 out of 3 of the fighters whom I was sure would have handed him his first defeat 2 years ago. Although his wins against Austin( where are you) Trout and Alfredo (I need a physical checkup) Angulo were slightly circumstantial.

If Lara stinks out the fight by circling and backing up all night… even though he may be leading in single digit jabs and pot shots (and compubox stats)…. There is no way he's getting that kind of victory in front of the pro Latino community on fight night….this ain't Floyd Mayweather we're talking about . Canelo can win just by stalking for twelve rounds.

Another masterful stroke of managerial genius by the Canello Camp.
For Lara to win this he will truly have to put his fragile chin at risk and FIGHT!!!![/QUOTE]

When I first saw this fight made, my initial thought was to give Canelo credit for taking such a risk. But then I took a step back and looked at Lara'a career. Who has he had trouble against? Fighters who pressure and those with good left hooks to the body and straight right hands. Canelo's management studied tape carefully on Lara and surmised that this is not as difficult a fight as many people may think. And I think they are right.

Look at a tape of the Angulo fight….When Angulo pressure Lara and threw the left hook to the body, it never missed. Neither did the straight right hand. Look at the Carlos Molina fight…same thing the left hook to the body and straight right hand.

Lara does not like it when opponents apply pressure and he has to fight going backward. He has more success against fighters who are supposedly slicker fighters. The two examples of this are Paul Williams and Austin Trout. In both these fights against more boxer punchers, Lara had his way working behind his jab and fighting at his pace. He would score with the jab and follow with the left hook. He would then reset and repeat the pattern. He fought his pace, his way and won (does anyone really believe the Paul Williams fight was a draw?) with relative ease.

Canelo will pressure and make Lara fight off his back foot which he does not like to do. He will find it easy to land the left hook to the body and straight right hand to the head. His hand speed will allow him to shoot off combination after combination to the head and body. Unless Lara has a big enough punch to get Canelo's attention, I think Canelo will be pretty much be in control of things. I think Canelo's people saw an opportunity to earn some respect in the boxing world and took a calculated risk. Its a risk that I think will pay off for Canelo.

deepwater2 says:

I won't bet this matchup. Just sit back and enjoy it. I see Lara winning a dandy of a prizefight. Canelo has some big pride for taking this fight . I applaud that. Who is the ref and who are the judges? Will they award the aggressive fighter that comes forward or will they reward the boxer that moves and counters beautifully . The people that think chino beat Floyd rewarded his relentless aggression . The people that thought Floyd beat chino rewarded his clean counterpunches .it all depends on the judges. Lara is with Haymon but canelo is the cash cow. I see the judges leaning towards canelo but I won't know until they name the judges.

boxingnews says:

Canelo becoming a real PPV headliner, Lara for sure will be looking to steal it.