Canelo vs Lara set for July 12
- Updated: April 14, 2014
Two of boxing’s top junior middleweights will be getting it on when Canelo Alvarez takes on Erislandy Lara July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“It’s a non-title fight at 154 plus/minus one-pound. I don’t think [weight] was really a determining factor. Canelo believes, and rightfully so, that Floyd Mayweather is the [WBA] champion at 154, so he doesn’t want to fight for a title when he feels Mayweather is the champion, which he is. Mayweather is the [WBA] super champion and Lara is the ‘regular’ champion. If he intends to keep his title, obviously Lara will have to pay the relevant sanctioning fee,” Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.
Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) was originally set to face Ishe Smith on May 2, the night before Mayweather vs Maidana, in Las Vegas. The May 2 card will go on without Lara and a new opponent is currently being sought for Smith.
After destroying Alfredo Angulo in March, Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO) will be wasting little time to get back into the ring. While many consider Lara as one of the most avoided fighters in the sport, that did not deter Alvarez, who requested the fight and had his team send a contract to Lara. Having already fought Austin Trout when he was undefeated and Floyd Mayweather, the 23-year-old Alvarez is ducking nobody.
No word yet on an undercard, but with the fight being on pay-per-view and competition from a possible Chavez Jr-Golovkin PPV a week after, expect another stacked card from Golden Boy on July 12.