Canelo and Lara make their case during Las Vegas arrival
- Updated: July 8, 2014
Earlier today in Las Vegas, both Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara made their grand arrivals at the MGM Grand. The two will meet on Saturday night in a highly anticipated junior middleweight bout.
Alvarez, who is coming off of a one-sided destruction of Alfredo Angulo, took the fight no one else wanted, and he says he has all the motivation he needs to be victorious.
“Erislandy Lara insulted me and my country. He insulted my ability to box, and I take that seriously. This is more than just a fight for me. On Saturday, I’m not only fighting for my honor, I’m fighting for the pride of my country,” said Alvarez.
“The fans are my motivation to keep winning and competing at a high level. There’s a lot more of my story to be written so I am completely focused on Saturday night,” added Alvarez, who experienced his first pro loss last year in a decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“This fight will give me personal satisfaction,” declared Alvarez. “It’s about fighting the best and beating the best. The media and the fans know that this is a dangerous fight and them knowing that will make my win that much better. It’s a personal satisfaction to be fighting the best and beating the best.”
Meanwhile Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) is coming off a dominant performance over former world champ Austin Trout, who also lost to Alvarez, albeit in a much, much closer fight.
“When I arrived to the United States from Cuba, times were tough. I’ve built what I have from nothing. I take pride in the opportunities that this country has given me. And I’m not about to let this one go by,” said Lara.
“On Saturday I will trudge through the doors that my boxing skills have opened up for me and the world will know who I am.
“I feel very special to be here right now. I don’t feel any pressure because I am ready to fight.
“They can say what they want Canelo is Canelo. I’m ready to fight because I believe the best should fight the best. Right now Canelo is my enemy and this is war now.”
The fight will be televised via Showtime PPV.