Lara: Canelo is Afraid of Me, Scared To Get Exposed

By Keith Idec

Erislandy Lara would love to challenge Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas.

The Cuban southpaw just isn’t optimistic about getting that opportunity. Lara, who’ll face Freddy Hernandez in a 10-round junior middleweight match Saturday night in Indio, Calif., expects his representatives at Golden Boy Promotions to pick another opponent for the unbeaten WBC super welterweight champion.

“We’re trying to put all the pressure on them we can,” Lara said, “but I don’t think the fight will happen because I think Canelo’s afraid of me. Canelo knows I’ll beat him and he’s scared to get exposed to the boxing public.”

Lara (16-1-1, 11 KOs) and his handlers haven’t heard anything definitive from Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions’ chief executive officer. Meanwhile, Lara is trying to remain patient and keep focused on Mexico’s Hernandez (30-2, 20 KOs), his opponent in one of three fights Showtime will televise from Fantasy Springs Casino (9 p.m. EDT/PDT).

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Lara, 29, said. “I’m going to wait to see what fight comes about, but [Alvarez is] the fight we want.”

Assuming Alvarez fights someone else Sept. 15, Lara hopes to find an opponent from his personal list of options.

“We’ve been trying to campaign for a fight against Sergio Martinez,” Lara said. “We think he’s the toughest fighter out there. That’s a fight I’ve been wanting, but obviously he’s got the big Chavez fight [also scheduled for Sept. 15 in Las Vegas]. So if not, there’s Austin Trout, there’s [Cornelius] Bundrage and the [Carlos] Molina rematch is a fight we’d love to do, to erase people’s minds on that fight. There are some possibilities, but we’ll leave it to our promoter.”

 Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs, 1 NC) will defend his IBF 154-pound title in a mandatory rematch against former champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) in the main event Saturday night in Indio.

If he wins, Bundrage is considered a possible replacement for Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), whose upset loss to Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs, 1 NC) on Saturday night cost Ortiz the Alvarez fight. Trout (25-0, 14 KOs), who owns a version of the WBA’s 154-pound crown, also is a possible opponent for Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs).

Chicago’s Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs), who fought to a 10-round majority draw with Lara 15 months ago in Las Vegas, doesn’t have a fight scheduled.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LAkers85 on 06-30-2012

Lara: "Canelo is Afraid of Me, Scared To Get Exposed" LMAO! talk about getting exposed.

Comment by rogdogx on 06-30-2012

After seeing this fight I don't think Lara has enough pop to bother Canelo. I don't see Lara beating Canelo after seeing him go the distance with a suspect Freddy Hernandez. Lara definitely didn't look like a world beater even…

Comment by The Future on 06-30-2012

Is it just me or does Oscar look like he is scouting for Canelo or something....ushually he seems more enthused watching his fighters in the ring. Shaking his head yes or yelling pointers or something. Maybe I am reading too…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 06-30-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12292136]Erislandy Lara would love to challenge Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. The Cuban southpaw just isn’t optimistic about getting that opportunity. Lara, who’ll face Freddy Hernandez in a 10-round junior middleweight match Saturday night in Indio,…

Comment by Ko King 212 on 06-30-2012

[QUOTE=hrt3333;12293879]JR did a good job on Lee even if Lee's not the best out. Sergio's last five fights were more impressive than anyone else's out right now. That includes Floyd, Manny, Klitschko, Ward, Donaire, anyone.[/QUOTE] Name them.....

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (51)
Top Headlines McGuigan: Frampton Will Make an Impact in Vegas With Santa Cruz Golovkin Warns Saunders: I Want Your Belt, That is My Goal! Joe Hanks, Denis Douglin Return To Action on November 5 Manny Pacquiao Gets in One Last Workout Before Leaving To LA Hearn: I 100% Want Anthony Joshua vs. David Haye in 2017 Parker vs. Ruiz: Duco Looking For Goverment Funding For Event Jean Pascal Not Yet Ready For Ring Return, Says Trainer Photo: Victor Terrazas, Eduardo Hernandez on Weight For War Vargas: It's My Time, After I Beat Pacquiao - A Star Will Be Born! Erislandy Lara Still Has a Target on The Back of Gennady Golovkin Photos: Luis Nery, Richie Mepranum Set For War in Tijuana Joselito Velasquez, Mexican Olympian, To Be Trained By Robles Wladimir Klitschko, Lucas Browne Far Apart On Money For 12/10 Photos: Canelo is Officially Belted in Puerto Rico By The WBO Cotto Says Canelo Rematch is a Subject For Discussion Danny Williams Returns, Faces Ali Eren Demirezen in Hamburg Edis Tatli Takes on Manuel Lancia on December 17 Canelo vs. Saunders Showdown Fully Backed By WBO Prez Weights: David Lemieux, Cristian Fabian Rios Ready To Fight Eggington Predicts Damage: I'm Going To Do a Job on Gavin Jeff Horn Ready For IBF Strap: 100%, Bring on Errol Spence! Hooker Plans on Testing Perez's Chin Early on Kovalev vs. Ward Marin, Pintor Make Weight For Boxeo Telemundo Season Finale Photo: Micki Nielsen, Kevin Lerena Ready For Battle Abel Sanchez Very Confident That Andy Ruiz Beats Joseph Parker Frampton: I'll Make it Two-Nil, Santa Cruz Only Fights One Way! Golovkin's Coach: I Doubt Canelo Will Last Eight or Nine Rounds Jeff Horn Crushes Rico Mueller As Title Shot Nears David Haye: Fans Want Me To Smash Tony Bellew, Shut Him Up Joshua Taylor Tabbed To Become World Champion By McGuigan Tim Bradley: I Need To Retire A Winner, Capture One More Title Eric Molina: I'll Fight Anthony Joshua or David Price on Dec. 10 Canelo: It Would Be an Honor To Rematch Miguel Cotto Kevin Lerena Confident of Knocking Micki Nielsen Out Dejan Zlaticanin: I'm Fighting Mikey Garcia on January 28 Custio Clayton Stops Ramses Agaton in Eight Rounds in Montreal WBO Prez To Canelo Critics: Why Did Golovkin Reject Andre Ward! Terence Crawford Seeks Foe For 12/10, Antonio Orozco Next? Chavez Sr. Expects His Son To Return Stronger, Better Than Ever Jessie Magdaleno, Oscar Valdez Discuss Their PPV Fights

Latest Active Forum Threads