Canelo vs Lara: The mere Truth
By DA: Last Saturday night the boxing world erupted after Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won a 12 round split decision over Erislandy Lara which many believed was controversial at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. That fight was indeed close and both fighters had their moments. Though it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. You have to give credit for Canelo for taking the fight instead of just avoiding Lara.
My scorecard was 115-113 for Alvarez, and the reason was I felt Lara gave away rounds he could’ve won and instead did more movement than fighting. He had a good start, but he failed to make any adjustments after Canelo started pressuring the Cuban boxer. Canelo on the other hand made adjustments to try and cut the ring off and work Lara’s body. If history tells us anything folks it’s told us judges do not like when a fighter stays on his bike for large amounts of time.
If some of you can remember, Oscar De la Hoya’s great start with his fight with Felix Trinidad, you can make a comparison. Trinidad was the man trying to make the fight while Oscar took the second half of the fight off and moving around, which clearly affected the scorecards, though some felt Oscar still won. Oscar was the only one to blame for his strategy. Same goes for Lara, he didn’t let his hands go enough and his constant movement cost him the fight which he was so close too winning. But do not get me wrong, the 117-111 scorecard was outrageous.
Had it been another 115-113, I feel there’d be less controversy, but sadly that’s not the case. And if you’re bringing up compubox, I’ll say it again, Judges do NOT score a fight by compubox. They score the fight on what they see, and they seen Lara moving while Canelo was pressing the action. As Dan Rafael said via twitter: ” What is hilarious is those who claim “Lara landed more punches”. Umm, it was 10 more over 12 rds. Meaningless. #CaneloLara”
I’m sorry but it’s the truth guys, lara only has himself to blame for failing to impress and I doubt he’ll be headlining another PPV anytime soon. So if you’re simply mad because you lost money or can’t let go of your pride too admit he lost then that’s on you. Fact is he lost and it was too close too call it a robbery, a word which is thrown around unnecessarily. Have a great day.
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