Canelo Focused on 'Tough' Lara, Not Cotto Clash

By Jose Luis Camarillo,

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) made it clear that "big purses are very important" but "the most important thing is to make history. I work for that, I am very young and I want to make history."

On July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Canelo will take on WBA 'regular' junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs). Canelo continues to train in San Diego, California for what he expects to be a very dangerous challenge. 

"Every fight is key. I'm going against an opponent who is presumed to be the most dangerous at 154 pounds, that people categorize as such, and the fight is something that people want to see. I'm training for a very strong opponent, a very strong fight. He's a very tough opponent, he has everything to gain. He is left-handed with many qualities, he's dangerous. Maybe a lot of people do not know his name, but he might be tougher than other opponents who have stronger names. I've fought every style and we'll be ready to Lara," Canelo said.

Regarding the high possibility that he could be facing Miguel Cotto on the 6th or 13th of December, or a catch-weight fight against Manny Pacquiao, the student of Chepo and Eddy Reynoso said:

"These are rumors; but I'd love to fight them. The fight [with Lara] will be difficult, not because he is left-handed, but because of his difficult style. I'm going to be smart and beat him with intelligence. The challenge is to show progress."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BucaRican on 06-16-2014

[QUOTE=Ruffus74;14660443]I wonder what Canelo meant by saying "...beat Lara w/ intelligence"? If he tries to box and fight from the back foot then he has no chance to beat Lara, he might get a decision but wont win the fight.…

Comment by Ruffus74 on 06-14-2014

I wonder what Canelo meant by saying "...beat Lara w/ intelligence"? If he tries to box and fight from the back foot then he has no chance to beat Lara, he might get a decision but wont win the fight.…

Comment by fvanesbeck on 06-14-2014

[QUOTE=Jbee310;14658955]Yea cotto is a diva I forgot[/QUOTE] He's the lineal middleweight champion so he deserves to be the a-side of that fight if it happens.

Comment by RightJabLikeZab on 06-14-2014

[QUOTE=northstar;14659782]I expect this fight to be very competitive. Canelo has a chance to win this bout. With that said, I think that many are not only underestimating Lara's boxing skill, but his resilience. After each knockdown suffered in his fight…

Comment by SaldanaCC on 06-13-2014

Nelo better not be thinkin cotto cuz lara is just as good i think nelo knows that though in my opinion canelo put lara off alil cuz he knows lara can an now will be a very hard fight unless…

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