Erislandy Lara has quietly emerged as a bona fide light middle weight contender that poses a danger to anyone that he faces. Canelo Alvarez will continue his quest to get another shot at the title belt as the taste of his only career defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr last September is still bitter. Saul Alvarez will take on Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2014. Canelo Alvarez opened as a -175 favorite with the Boxing odds while Erislandy Lara opened as a +145 dog.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Saul Alvarez is 23 years of age and a native of Mexico where he still resides. He is the top ranked Mexican as well as number one ranked in the world for the light middleweight division. Alvarez stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall with a reach of 70 and one half inches with an orthodox stance. Canelo has a career record of 43 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw. Out of Alvarez’s 43 career wins 31 have come by knockout. He has never suffered a knockout defeat. Canelo is coming off a technical knockout win over Alfredo Angulo in the 10th round of a 12 round bout that took place on March 8, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. That was Canelo’s first bout that followed his 12 round MD loss to Mayweather that took place on September 14, 2014.
Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara
The 31 year old Erislandy Lara stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall with a reach of 75 inches and a southpaw stance. Lara is a native of Cuba that now resides in Houston, TX. Lara has a career record of 19 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws. Out of Lara’s 19 career wins 12 have come by knockout while he has never suffered a knockout loss. He is ranked 1st in Cuba and 2nd in the world. Lara is coming off a unanimous decision win over Austin Trout in a 12 round bout that was for the WBA world light middleweight title in a bout that took place on December 7, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Canelo gets the call here!