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. 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).


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 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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