Golden Boy VP: No Favoritism in Canleo-Lara Clash

By Rick Reeno

Eric Gomez, Vice President and head matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions, rejected any claims that his company mistreated WBA 'regular' junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) or showed any favoritism in Lara's upcoming fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs), which takes place on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In an earlier article on BoxingScene, Lara made it clear that he wasn't under a promotional contract with Golden Boy and voiced his displeasure with the way he was treated by their company.

While Lara is managed by Luis DeCubas Jr., he is also advised by Al Haymon, who works closely with Golden Boy Promotions and has the majority of his stable fighting under the Golden Boy banner.

"Canelo is Golden Boy's boxer, that's why I'm going after him. I used to be a part of Golden Boy but now I have nothing to do with them. They gave him the best fights and me being a better boxer than him, they ignored me. They threw me to the wolves so they could take my head off. Thankfully I came out on top, always proving myself and proving myself until now and we are here facing Canelo," Lara stated.

Gomez was shocked when he read Lara's comments and feels very strongly that his company did everything possible to get him the biggest fights - including the upcoming career-defining showdown with Canelo.

"We were shocked, because this is the fight that he was asking for. Throwing him in with the wolves? We thought that's what he wanted. That's what he's been asking for - the big fights and the big paydays. If we're doing something by doing that [for him], then I guess we must be in the wrong business," Gomez told

"To get a Canelo fight. It's a big gamble and it's a big risk, but that's the kind of fights that he's been asking for and we're happy to get him in those positions. It's very surprising that he would be upset at that. Maybe it's the amount of attention that Canelo is bringing, maybe it has something to do with that. Canelo has done that on his own."

"Canelo is the A-side, obviously. Unless it's Mayweather he's fighting, more often than not he's going to be the A-side. For [Lara] to be in this position to have a Canelo fight, to have the ability to change his life around, to get the biggest payday of his career, I think we are doing a pretty good job promoting him. I know he thinks there's been some favoritism, but we are treating Lara in the same manner. He probably doesn't see it right now. But once we get to fight week he will see that he will get the full respect, everything that we've always provided to him and there will be no favoritism. We're really happy for him [that he's getting to fight Canelo]."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rotorglow on 06-24-2014

Lara complains too damn much. First it was that he wasn't getting Canelo, now that he gets him he is still complaining. Dude STFU! Canelo is the A side, he has brought in more money than Lara has at this…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=Garcia's Dad;14691392]Lara and his team are just putting the pressure on to ensure they don't get stiffed on the cards, which really I have no problem with. There is another scenario though - Lara is a Haymon fighter. [b]Al Haymon…

Comment by Wyvceo on 06-24-2014

[QUOTE=f4314n68;14691264]They helped him more that Al haymond has. They got him a vacant title shot vs vanes in a pursed bid, wtf more could you ask for? He just failed to impress numerous times. This guy is in love with…

Comment by Realboxingfan1 on 06-24-2014

Sounds like Lara is jealous of canelo and his career,star power,ppv me me .who is he Ritchie valen's brother .i guess when you win your big fights and you get no attention must mean your a boring fkn fighter…

Comment by PR ESQ. on 06-24-2014

Complete n Utter bullshiet...

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