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Lara wants rematch, Canelo to look elsewhere

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

When a fight goes to a split decision it’s likely that both fighters will argue that they won the fight. Things were no different when Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara stepped to the podium for their post-fight press conference.

“This is not the fight I expected,” Canelo said. “I wanted to give the fans a better fight but he ran after he got cut.”

When asked why he felt he won the fight, Alvarez pointed to one thing, aggression.

“My pressure won the fight,” Canelo said. “Lara said he would take me to school, I don’t think anyone wants to go to that school.”

A few names were thrown out to Canelo as potential future opponents such as Gennady Golovkin, James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto, but Canelo wasn’t willing to discuss that.

“Right now we will rest and see what the future holds,” Canelo said. “My birthday is coming up and we are going to enjoy it.”

Alvarez claims he was never hurt by Lara in the fight.

“I never felt his punch, he kept fighting on his back foot,” Canelo said.

“I want to thank all the fans and I want to say I will always take tough fights and the fights the fans want to see.”

“When he (Lara) learns to fight, I will give him a rematch.”

Lara soon walked in after Canelo had left and he looked visibly dejected about the defeat, claiming he felt he had won the fight.

“I still have no respect for Canelo and I want a rematch,” Lara said. “This was worse than the Paul Williams fight.”

Lara’s trainer, Ronnie Shields, also could not believe the decision.

“When they said 117-111 I thought for sure it was for us,” Shields said.

While co-manager Luis DeCubas and the rest of Lara’s team kept encouraging everyone in the media room to push for a rematch, Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya pretty much squashed any chance of that happening.

“What I heard is nobody wants a rematch. There’s 10 guys in line. Lara has to wait. That’s the way this works,” De La Hoya said. “We’re going to meet next week and see who’s next for Canelo.”

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