By Juni A Rosa: 117-112. That was my scorecard for the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara fight that the announcers thought (from one judge giving it 117-111) was absurd. How I score is by effectiveness and who seems to be advancing.
The first 2 rounds I saw Lara boxing well, using movements making Canelo miss many of his shots, being frustrated and even desperate. In the 3rd round, I saw Canelo starting to push it, applying more effective pressure and winning that round. From then on, Lara seemed to do more dancing then fighting.
Between the first 6 rounds, Lara with his movements continued to make Canelo swing, enabling him to land good shots. Canelo was applying pressure, but it wasn’t effective pressure. He chased, missed and was looking bad. But at the same time, I saw Lara doing more moving/running then fighting and his punch output declining. So who did I give most of those rounds too? I gave it to the guy that was trying to make a fight, which was Canelo.
The 2nd half of the fight was different. I saw Canelo adjusting to Lara’s style, able to land constant left hooks to the body along with a lot of other hard body shots. Lara continued to do more dancing then fighting. Once Canelo opened up a nasty cut on Lara’s eye with a left uppercut, it seemed as if that was the end for Lara as he fought even lesser. In the 12th round, I saw Canelo wanting to finish strong which he was able to. The commentators I just could not agree with as they seem to see different, saying they gave the last round to Lara.
Some of the rounds I considered close and hard to score but I still gave them to Canelo because I saw him dominating the rounds, throwing more, landing. But then towards to end he would slow down as if he was taking a breather, and that was when Lara would start picking it up by throwing more, and continuing using movements. I ended up giving it to Canelo cause you can not win a round by just winning the last 45-60 seconds unless it was extreme dominant fashion.
I am quite disappointed with Lara as I thought he would do a lot better, especially being this was suppose to be his time to shine. He was given a shot to fight in the main event on Showtime pay-per-view, were if he had won, or at least show a lot more, he would advance in his career, fighting bigger names and making more money.
After his performance last night of doing more running then fighting, I don’t see him landing another pay-per-view fight unless he is an undercard. I don’t even see him landing a fight on Showtime for the reason that he showed from that fight, he is not an exciting fighter to watch that will bring revenue.
1 9 10
2 9 10
3 10 9
4 10 9
5 10 9
6 10 9
7 10 9
8 10 9
9 10 9
10 10 10
11 9 10
12 10 9
The 10th round was difficult, but if i had given it to Lara, then it would have been 116-112 for Canelo
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