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Lara Injured, Diaz to Fight Rafael Rivera on GGG-Canelo Card

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Just a few hours after Jorge Lara made his grand arrival at MGM Grand on Tuesday, the featherweight contender exited his fight against Joseph Diaz Jr.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday night that Lara suffered a back injury at a Las Vegas gym Tuesday and withdrew from his scheduled 12-round bout with Diaz on the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin undercard. Mexico’s Rafael Rivera quickly accepted an opportunity to replace Lara on four days’ notice, so Diaz’s fight will remain on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

It hadn’t been determined by Tuesday night, though, if the WBC will sanction Diaz-Rivera as an elimination match that would move the winner closer to a shot at its featherweight champion, Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs).

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The 24-year-old Diaz (24-0, 13 KOs), a 2012 American Olympian from Downey, California, is ranked No. 2 among the WBC’s 126-pound contenders. Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, is ranked fourth by the WBC.

Mexico’s Rivera (25-0-2, 16 KOs) was not ranked among the 40 featherweight contenders the WBC listed on its website as of Tuesday night. Rivera had been training for a fight against the Philippines’ Drian Francisco (29-4-1, 22 KOs) on September 22 in Ontario, California.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by bigdunny1 on 09-13-2017

Looks like the "injury" is bogus and Lara wasn't going to make weight. [B]Jorge Lara off the card; Joeph Diaz will fight Rafael Rivera[/B] Sept. 13, 2017 Reporting from Las Vegas Lance Pugmire What looked to be the best challenge…

Comment by BigZ44 on 09-13-2017

Damn, that sucks. I thought Lara was going to win this fight

Comment by bigdunny1 on 09-13-2017

[QUOTE=LOCOMEX89;18041281]Tough break for JoJo but if this isn't a title eliminator fight I pull out of the fight. There's no point for him to fight in my opinion if he's not guaranteed a title shot. Diaz is at the point…

Comment by turnedup on 09-13-2017

Wow that has to hurt both men greatly, moreso Lara who was three days away from weigh-in at the time. All that work to fk it up at the gym right before a fight.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-13-2017

That was the best undercard fight on the card I think so that kinda sucks. This new guy gots a completely manufactured bs record. He's 25-0-2 (16), but he's 19-0-1 (14) vs cats with non-winning records & he's actually 11-0…

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