By Miguel Rivera
Jalisco's Ramón 'Inocente' Alvarez will look to make history on August 31 when he confronts the Cuban stylist Erislandy Lara in Minnesota.
If Alvarez wins, he will capture the vacant "regular" super welterweight world title of the World Boxing Association, and placing himself right next to his brothers Rigoberto Alvarez and Saúl 'Canelo' Alvarez - as the first trio of Mexican brothers to become world champions.
"It is what fills me with the most enthusiasm, the possibility of making history and the desire to be world champion," said Alvarez to ESPN Deportes.
Alvarez is currently in Jalisco, where he is training with his brother Rigoberto.
"We are working hard, the motivation in camp is not lacking," Alvarez added.
Rigoberto Álvarez, his coach and brother, became the WBA interim-champion at 154-pounds in 2010 after beating Nobuhiro Ishida in 2010, but then lost to Austin Trout in his first defense. His other brother, Canelo Álvarez, has also been world champion in three divisions, but he also held the WBA super welterweight title after dethroning Trout in 2013, although he would lose the title that year against Floyd Mayweather.
Should Ramón Álvarez win, he and his brothers would then become the first trio of Mexican brothers to become world champions, and the second trio to do it in the world, after Japan's Tomoki, Koki and Daiki Kameda were able to achieve that feat in 2013.
However, Alvarez is a massive underdog against Lara.
"We are at the speed stage, we are doing a great camp and still doing sparring, but everything is good," said Alvarez, who will arrive with a 28-7-3 and 16 record - facing a record of 25-3-3 with 14 knockouts of Lara.
"The idea is to work by cutting off the ring in the event he wants to box, and if he want to fight, we will also be prepared for that too. There are many who say that Erislandy is not the same as he was before, but I do not place my trust in that, I must be ready for anything," said Alvarez.
His younger brother Canelo won a close points split decision over Lara in 2014.