WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) sat down with BoxingScene.com to discuss the biggest fight of his career, scheduled for July 12th against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View event.
Lara has been chasing down a fight with Canelo since 2012. He confronted the Mexican star last month, at the post-fight press conference following Canelo’s tenth round TKO victory over Alfredo Angulo. Now Lara gets his wish.
BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on Canelo selecting you for his next fight?
Erislandy Lara: I believe if Canelo wanted to be considered a true fighter he had no choice but to fight me. Don’t forget, I was the one who flew out from Houston to jump on stage and demand this fight, not him. I was the one who called for this fight, not him. I want to thank the fans and the media because they pushed for this fight as well. This is the fight the fans wanted and I’m happy we will give it to them. Fans are number one.
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Floyd Mayweather’s arms are raised in a 20-story image that has been on the facade of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for most of the last few years.
“Home of the Champion” it reads.
And inside, there’s plenty of promotional material for his upcoming May 3 fight against Marcos Maidana, the ninth consecutive time he will have fought at the casino.
But that isn’t sitting well with Bob Arum, the Top Rank boss who has a fight of his own at MGM Grand this weekend.
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Marcos Maidana is feeling confident about winning his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather. According to Maidana, he has faced a much stronger fighter previously in the form of Adrien Broner, according to BoxingScene.
Maidana said, “I believe that Mayweather is not as strong as Broner. He is a better boxer [than Broner] but I think that he is not as strong. I believe that, because [during out fight] Broner felt very strong and I do not see Mayweather being [strong] like that.”
“Also, Mayweather often goes against the ropes and that’s where he’s in danger [of getting hit with punches], ” the Argentine boxer added.
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Khan, a two-time world champion, had been eyeing a mega-bucks clash against the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
Mayweather set up a poll for the fans to decide his next opponent with Khan and Maidana the choices.
Despite Khan coming out on top, the undefeated American announced a deal to fight Maidana – the man who became the first to conquer Adrien Broner, dubbed the ‘next Mayweather’.
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Instead of taking the bull by its horns, Floyd asked his fans to tell him who to fight between Khan (28-3, 19KO) and Maidana (35 -3, 31 KO). It is true that even these two fighters (Khan and Maidana) are not just easy opponents, but why not Pacquiao? It would be a big upset if Floyd would lose his upcoming fight on May 3, but we doubt that would happen.
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Speculations are that the promoters want the world to add more money by delaying this fight. Whether that is true or not I am not sure. We have been waiting for this fight for more than five years now. We couldn’t be shocked if this fight would be worth more than US$200 million, as most promoters have suggested. Imagine US$200 million in one day? Some guys are very lucky.
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