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 Frampton Slams Quigg, Not Buying His Excuse For Missing Weight Golden Boy Matchmaker Reacts to 'Neno' Calling Out Ryan Garcia Kautondokwa is Ready For War on Namibian Independence Card Roach Impressed With Jose Ramirez, Wants to Improve Defense Lolenga Mock, Mogens Palle Part Ways Over Money Isaac Ekpo, Rafael Mensah Train With McKinley, Praise Don King Povetkin's Manager: Drug Tests in Order, No Worries For Price Alberto Melian Drills Countryman Julian Aristule in Two Rounds Felix Verdejo's Trainer Expects His Fighter To Return Stronger Michael Dutchover Continues Winning Run at Doubletree Joshua vs. Parker - Giuseppe Quartarone Confirmed as Referee Sadam Ali vs. Liam Smith Finalized For May 12, Turning Stone Anthony Crolla vs. Edson Ramirez Set For Joshua-Parker Card Photos: Whyte, Bowne - Get Very Heated on 'Gloves Are Off' News: Sven Fornling, Brian Ceballo, Nikolai Potapov, More Daniel Jacobs vs. Maciej Sulecki - Undercard Information Arthur Abraham: I'm Not Ready To Retire, I Want World Title Again Joseph Parker: I'm Going To Come in Light and Fast vs. Joshua Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack Liam Smith: Canelo Ruined Legacy, Look How His Body Changed! Weekend Review: Jose Ramirez Rises, Felix Verdejo Crumbles Zou Shiming: I Don't Have The Courage To Retire at The Moment Lucas Browne Maintains Innocence in Drug Testing Beefs Floyd Mayweather Says He Will Apply For MMA License Horn's Coach: Crawford Will Be in For a Big Shock in First Round! Berchelt To Make Another Voluntary Defense, Then Roman Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez: Positive or Negative? WBC Prez: I'm Not Protecting Canelo, But We Have To Be Fair! Arum Says ESPN Momentum Building, Big Plans Ahead in 2018 Danny O'Connor Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Steve Claggett Felix Verdejo Very Angry With Decision To Stop The Fight Video: Crawford's Coach Shreds Horn - Warns Spence, Thurman Kyril Relikh vs. Eduard Troyanovsky Showdown is Ordered Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores Must Happen By June, Says WBA Arum Wants Ramirez, Prograis to Take Interim Fights on Same Card Michael Conlan Hopes To Fight in Belfast on June Date Kovalev-Marcus Browne Deal Done for HBO Bout; Date Not Set Arum: Felix Verdejo Very Disappointing; It's a Lack of Discipline Felix Valera, Luis Lebron Grab Knockout Wins in Santo Domingo Sam Soliman, Wes Capper Fight To a Twelve Round Draw

Latest Active Forum Threads