Canelo expects to have problems against Lara initially
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) thinks he’ll have some temporary problems at the start of his catch-weight fight against Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) on July 12th, but after that he feels he’ll make the needed adjustments to defeat the Cuban fighter.
Canelo says that he’s already seen different things in the ring and that there’s nothing that he can do to surprise him in this fight. However, Canelo struggled to make adjustments in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr last September, and he ended up losing because of that.
Canelo says that he’s learned from that fight, and that something like that will never happen to him again. It’s unfortunate for Canelo that he learned after the fight instead of while he was in it, because then you could give him more credit.
“He’s a slick boxer, and there should be some difficulties at the beginning, but after that there shouldn’t be many difficulties because at this level, I’ve kind of seen it all already,” Canelo said to Fighthub.
The 23-year-old Canelo is sounding older than his age lately with his statements, which reek of self-confidence with a twinge of overconfidence. It’s hoped that Canelo isn’t underestimating Lara’s ability to make adjustments in this fight, because it would be disappointing if he were to get schooled again like he was by Mayweather.
Canelo sees himself as the future of boxing, and the one to take over for Mayweather. He’s going to need to prove it against Lara, because this guy is the closest thing to Mayweather in the junior middleweight division right now. A loss to Lara will further expose Canelo as being someone who is mainly good at fighting slow and stationary fighters like Alfredo Angulo.
Canelo hasn’t shown any interested in fighting WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, so Lara will likely be the toughest guy for Canelo to fight until he moves up in weight to middleweight to fight Miguel Cotto at a likely catch-weight/
Lara had this July 4th message to give to his fans:
“When you’ve lived in a communist country, you really don’t understand how important your freedom is until you lived it,” said Erislandy Lara. “In America if you work hard the opportunities to prosper are endless, that’s why I’m so grateful to be living in the States. To the people who have sacrificed to make this country great, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. America is the best country on earth and I’m proud being an American…I’m living the American Dream!”