Manager Reynoso: "Canelo Alvarez is Going to Knock Out Erislandy Lara"

BY The Sweet Science ON May 09, 2014
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Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. ERISLANDY LARA PRESS TOUR FINALE IN PUERTO RICO; HONOR & GLORY: 154-Pound Showdown

Saturday, July 12, From MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Live on SHOWTIME PPV®

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CANELO ALVAREZ

"Thank you all. Yesterday we arrived and the reception we got showed the quality of people you are, and I am very pleased.

"I've heard a lot about Puerto Rico. I've always wanted to come; that's why I decided that we make a stop here during the press tour.

"I'm always working, I'm always training and this was the chance to come here. I hope to have the opportunity to come here on vacations.

"Puerto Rico is much more beautiful than I thought. I want to thank everyone for their support and I just want to say that I am always 100 percent prepared.

"He [Lara] is a great fighter, a great boxer, a tough fighter, but I have fought against all styles.

"I have the experience and on July 12 may the best man win."

ERISLANDY "THE AMERICAN DREAM" LARA

"On July 12, the fans are going to see Mexico vs. Cuba and history is going to repeat itself.

"Just like when the underdog at the time, Tito Trinidad defeated Oscar De La Hoya.

"Thanks to all my Puerto Rican brothers. Many will wonder why I have this t-shirt with the flag of Puerto Rico.

"I want to say that the flag of Puerto Rico is the same as Cuban, only change the colors around, but that does not mean anything.

"Puerto Ricans and Cubans are good brothers.

"On July 12 you will see Erislandy Lara giving the best of himself and I want to tell you that Erislandy Lara will beat Canelo Alvarez just like [Felix] Trinidad beat Oscar de la Hoya.

"I'm just waiting and training hard until July 12 which is nearby."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions

"Lara has surrounds himself with great people and he is focused and always trains hard for his fights.

"He does exactly what a champion should do. This is going to be an exciting, competitive fight.

"Lara is one of the best fighters to ever come out of Cuba and he has an incredible amateur background with 250 fights.

"He earned his WBA championship title when he fought 11 hard rounds with Angulo.

"Canelo won the WBC Junior Middleweight title in 2011 and defended it 11 times.

"He has victories over Austin Trout, then he beat Angulo and he was in the mega-event when he fought against Floyd Mayweather last September.

"He's a fighter that always gives the fans what they want.

"This fight on July 12 is definitely one of the most difficult challenges that Canelo will face at 154 pounds.

"He is facing a tough opponent in Lara."

(Oscar on Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas:

"In his last fight, JuanMa Lopez showed everybody what it means to be a warrior, what it means to be a true fighter, because he fought with his heart and he showed everybody what he's made of.

"[Juan Manuel] Lopez vs. [Francisco] Vargas is going to be an exciting fight."

FRANCISCO VARGAS

"This is the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico.

"It's going to be a tough fight, we are both former Olympians, but I'm going to train very hard and stop JuanMa's re-emergence as a champion.

"He [Lopez] is a tough fighter, he is very experienced.

"It's complicated because he is a southpaw, but we have to fight with people like him to take it to the next step and get a title fight.

"We will make a tactic (startegy) for the fight. We know he gets tired, we know that the fight can end before what is agreed.

"We will be very careful because we know he hits hard."

JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ

"I want to thank God for granting me the opportunity of having a championship fight.

"I've only seen Francisco's Olympic videos and he's not someone to overlook.

"He's strong, he's tough and stands up in front of you and fights his heart out.

"But, I know I can take him."

JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Canelo's Trainer

"I came to Puerto Rico for the first time 15 years ago, and I have to confess, this island stole my heart.

"We'll see if he [Lara] can fight like he talks.

"Hopefully July 12 he comes to fight, so the fans are happy and so it can be a great night because if he shows up to fight, Canelo will knock him out for sure."

EDDY REYNOSO, Canelo's Manager

"Come fight night, Canelo Alvarez is going to knock out Erislandy Lara.

"Mark my words, we are going to win by way of knockout.

"It will be a very interesting fight. Both are very good boxers and technicians who are always well trained and disciplined.

"This is a fight that you cannot miss and I'm sure we will win by knockout."

RONNIE SHIELDS, Lara's Trainer

"In that fight [against Alfredo Angulo] we made a couple of mistakes and it cost us.

"In that fight, the most important thing I told him was, he can't be on the ropes. He's the fighter and he knows what he can do.

"It didn't work and I told him again, stay off the ropes. Then he beat him bad.

"Let me tell you something, the Angulo that Lara fought was not the same Angulo that fought Canelo, he just wasn't the same guy.

"Angulo was just walking around, all defensive, that was not the Angulo everybody knows.

"So he [Canelo] can't say he really fought a very good Angulo because he didn't.''

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flackoguapo says:

Canelo will need to close the distance with Lara. I really like Canelo when I see him with come forward fighters and I thought he looked good against Trout but horrible agaisnt Mayweather. I really

think that Angulo was successful against Lara because he mentally and physically pressured Lara round after round. I get the feeling that stylistically, this fight might be fought at a slower pace

which would benefit Lara, IMO. He has some weird, cagey moves that he seems to imply when he is fighting in his natural rhythm and when he is hurt. Canelo fights like he is really sure of his boxing

skills and technique. I dont expect Canelo to change overnight, he is most comfortable throwing punches and combos with his feet set but if Canelo can start pumingp a jab while he circles or his feet

are moving it can really change the fight, IMHO. I just do not like how flat footed Canelo is a most of the time and I think a pesky, crispy jab while on the move could work for him in a lot of different

ways. It can set up counters or position Lara in way where Canelo has the range and location advantage. I think this fight will be a battle between Canelos pop and hand speed VS Laras fast

footwork and craftiness. I will be watching some Canelo fights (especially the trout fight) and see how he sets up his punches and his delivery against a southpaw.

El Dude says:

Lara, Hollywood and all the actors like Tom Hanks better watch out because Saul Canelo Alvarez has become the NEW Forest Gump of Boxing. When it comes to Canelo you just don't know what your going to get because his youth is allowing him to evolve in the sport of Boxing. Forget the cinnamon, Saul "The Box of Chocolates" Alvarez. The Floyd Mayweather fight did wonders for the young Gump "Box of Chocolates" being that he graduated from the school of humiliation taught by Floyd. Question left to answer is how many chocolates are left in the hands of "Forest Gump" Alvarez?
by El Dude.

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