Erislandy Lara Too Good for Canelo Alvarez?


Cuban junior middleweight contender Erislady Lara looks too good as a fighter for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. This may be what everyone who saw Lara fight Freddy Hernandez last July 1 by a 10 round unanimous decision. Erislady Lara has a 17 -1-1, 11 KO’s in his score card while Alvarez has an impressive 40 -0-1, 29 KO’s in his career.

However, the decision to fight Alvarez may be up to Lara’s promoters Golden Boy Promotions should they decide to pick him for Alvarez’s next match which is set on September 15. Insiders on the other hand say that the chances of this happening are quite low.

Erislady Lara is a spectacular fighter with an impressive blend of power, speed and footwork that may be what Canelo Alvarez is looking for. According to most boxing enthusiasts, Alvarez may be good but he lacks the footwork to beat Lara which is not only efficient in the ring but is very quick as well. Fast feet and decisive movements counts especially when you want to dominate your opponent early in the match. To note, the opponents that have been matched against Alvarez over the years have been “stationary” players; most just stood and punched, allowing Alvarez to take advantage of the situation and to make it easy.

One player however, managed to steer Alvarez by using his legs a little and that was Shane Mosley. Fans and trainers fear that if Alvarez were to meet Lara in the ring, Alvarez would get beaten badly and of course will surely be stunned with the fast movements that Lara is capable of.

Golden Boy Promotions have not yet released any statements regarding the possibility of an Alvarez vs. Lara fight but maybe it’s too early to speculate.