Lara hoping for Mayweather after Canelo
- Updated: May 6, 2014
It’s rare that we get a number one vs number two matchup in boxing these days, but that’s exactly what will be going down on July 12.
Over the past few years, Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) has become the most avoided boxer in the 154-lb division. For an emerging star like Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO), Lara would be a high-risk, low-reward fight for him. However, fans and media alike have clamored for this fight for a while now and Canelo has chosen to oblige.
“This fight against Erislandy Lara is very important for my career because it is an opponent with vast experience in both the amateur and professional field, and I am sure our fighting styles will provide an explosive battle and great atmosphere that night,” Alvarez said. “Lara, the media and the fans around the world wanted this match to take place, and here I am fulfilling their request since I have no doubt that everyone will be completely satisfied.”
The Cuban boxer was originally scheduled to face Ishe Smith the night before Mayweather vs Maidana, but there was no way he could pass up the opportunity of a lifetime against Alvarez. Lara believes a win over Canelo will punch his ticket to the Mayweather sweepstakes.
“I give Canelo respect for accepting this fight, and even though it took him a while to step up, we’re going to give the fans a great performance on July 12,” Lara said. “I’m coming to show the world I’m the best fighter at 154 pounds. This is the biggest fight of my career, and beating Canelo will get me closer to my ultimate goal, a showdown with Floyd Mayweather.”
Alvarez is coming off an impressive performance against Alfredo Angulo. Canelo dominated every second of the fight until its stoppage in the 10th round.
Lara also stopped Angulo in the 10th, but not before getting knocked down twice in the process. He followed up the Angulo victory with a one-sided unanimous decision against another common opponent with Canelo, Austin Trout.
Tickets priced at $750, $500, $250, $150, $75 and $50 have officially gone on sale. Canelo vs Lara takes place Saturday, July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be broadcast on SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT