Canelo-Lara PPV undercard finalized for July 12
- Updated: May 28, 2014
The Canelo vs Lara pay-per-view undercard is complete and to the surprise of no one, Golden Boy has stacked the card with some potentially entertaining fights.
Abner Mares is set to return against Jonathan Oquendo as the co-main event in a battle of Mexico vs Puerto Rico.
Looking to bounce back from the first professional loss of his career, former world champ Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) says he will go for the finish in order to get to another championship opportunity.
“It’s been a long time, but I can’t wait to step into the ring and hear my name called again,” Mares said. “Jonathan Oquendo is a respectable fighter and I know he’s coming to win, but he is in the way of another world title, so I have to get him out of there.”
Currently on a two-fight win streak, Oquendo (24-3, 16 KO) has yet to compete for a major world title in his career. The 30-year-old Puerto Rican sees a golden opportunity in this fight against Mares.
“Puerto Rico vs. Mexico always produces great fights, and this fight won’t be any different,” Oquendo said. “A win over Mares will do big things for my career, and I plan on leaving Vegas with the victory.”
The Mexico vs PR theme will continue with a super featherweight title eliminator between Francisco Vargas and Juan Manuel Lopez.
Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KO) is fighting on a Canelo undercard for the second-straight time. He feels his fight with Lopez has a chance to steal the show come July 12.
“JuanMa Lopez is a great fighter and 2 time world champion, and we’re going to give the fans a fight to remember,” Vargas said. “I feel like this is my time, and with a win over JuanMa, it will get me that much closer to a world title shot.”
Some of Lopez’s (34-3, 31 KO) brightest moments of his career have occurred at the MGM Grand in Vegas. He will look to add another bright spot to his career against Vargas in his quest to get another crack at a world title.
“I’m in great shape, I have momentum on my side after beating Daniel Ponce De Leon, and I’m ready for Francisco Vargas,” Lopez said. “The MGM Grand was where I had one of my biggest wins against Rafael Marquez, and I’m looking forward to more success there on July 12.”
Finally, interim WBA junior welterweight champion Johan Perez will take on Mauricio Herrera.
Having already defended the interim belt twice, Perez (19-1-1, 13 KO) will be looking for his fifth consecutive win and possibly a shot at the full champion Danny Garcia.
“Every fighter dreams of fighting in Las Vegas, and on July 12, I get my chance,” Perez said. “Mauricio Herrera is a great test and tough Challenger to my title. I feel Herrera beat Garcia and because of that he is the best and I want to fight the best. We’re going to give the fans a great battle.”
Coming off a fight with Danny Garcia that many felt he won, Herrera (20-4, 7 KO) will look to rebound with a victory over Perez to also possibly set up another showdown with Garcia.
“You have to respect Johan Perez for all he’s accomplished in such a short time, and I see him as a very dangerous fighter,” Herrera said. “But my only goal is to win the title, and to get there, I have to beat him on July 12.”
“Honor & Glory: Canelo vs. Lara,” takes place on Saturday, July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.