Canelo: ‘I will shut Lara up once and for all’
- Updated: July 2, 2014
As he wraps up camp in San Diego before heading out to Las Vegas for fight week, Canelo Alvarez appears to be ready to go for his July 12 showdown with Erislandy Lara.
Throughout the buildup of this fight, Lara has been very vocal with the media, even claiming that he would take Alvarez to boxing school. Canelo says he is done with Lara’s talk and that this fight is now personal.
“Every camp is different because we’re always training for a different opponent. And, as always, I’ve worked very hard in this one,” Canelo said. “But Lara has said so many things behind my back and on social media for such a long time now that, yes, this fight is and has become personal.”
While Canelo is upset with the way Lara has been talking, he won’t necessarily be looking to knock the Cuban out, he just wants the victory.
“I always want to win in spectacular fashion,” Canelo said. “That is my goal every time I step into the ring. I want to win spectacularly on July 12. But the most important thing is for me to win. I can’t promise a knockout but if it comes, it comes.”
Lara recently voiced his displeasure over Canelo choosing not to fight for his interim title. Alvarez says this fight goes beyond fighting for just a title.
“Titles are always nice, but for me this fight is bigger than a title fight,” Canelo said. “This fight is for my honor and glory to bring to the Mexican people. It is a fight for honor and it is a fight that people wanted to see. My fans are the best and I want to thank them for all of their support.”
Although he fights for an entire country, Alvarez says he feels no pressure against Lara. He feels his preparation has him prepared for anything Lara will bring to the table.
“There is no extra pressure on me for this fight. I’m as confident and relaxed as I always am. I’m prepared for whatever Lara has to offer,” Canelo said. “At this level you have to be able to adapt and make the necessary adjustments. I know I’m coming to fight and I know he’s coming to fight. After that, whatever happens, happens.”
Canelo refuses to discuss any future opponent until after his fight with Lara but he did say that he doesn’t foresee a move up in a weight anytime soon. The 154-lb division is where he plans on fighting for a long time.
“My focus is solely on this fight. I can start thinking about future opponents after July 12,” Canelo said. “But I have no intentions of moving up to middleweight. I feel really comfortable fighting at 154 pounds and probably will stay in this weight class my whole career.”
As for July 12, Canelo is tired of Lara running his mouth and he is looking forward to making Lara pay.
“He’s a good fighter but he talks a lot. He’s offended me. I’m going to have an answer for everything he has said,” Canelo said. “I’m going to shut him up once and for all.”