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Canelo vs Lara? Erislandy gets up close and personal (w/Video)

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Former WBC/WBA junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, following his impressive win over Alfredo Angulo, was forced to share the stage with a perennial foe during the post-fight presser. After berating Canelo via Twitter on and off since December, WBA 'regular' champion Erislandy Lara stood face-to-face  with the man he so dearly hopes to step in the ring with.

Lara, one of the craftiest fighters in boxing today, is adamant about his desire to face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

“Everyone wants to see us fight, stated Lara, who stood side-to-side with Alvarez at podium.

"When can we fight?”

In response, Canelo uttered,"Nearly everyone wants to see it?"

"Who wants to see it?”

Pointing to Lara's manager who was standing with the media, Canelo added,"Isn’t that your manager? This isn’t how you make fights, so you have to wait.”

Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara is clearly what fight fans want and the Cuban has the fighting style, speed and skill to potentially frustrate Canelo.

Perhaps Lara is too good for his own good at the moment?

Golden Boy is trying to cultivate Canelo and fighting Lara would be a big risk.

Facing Floyd Mayweather last September was risky but Team Alvarez garnered upwards of $12 Million for that bout. Hence, the risk was worth the reward.

Fact: The ultra-skilled, extremely savvy Lara would be a dangerous opponent for anyone 154 to 160lb, including Gennady Golovkin and Floyd Mayweather.

Team Canelo and Golden Boy are not necessarily scared of Lara; it's likely they simply don't like the risk vs reward ratio for such a bout at this time.

Their fighter has far more to lose than Lara.

The approach is nothing new.

Yes, it's sad but true.

In 1980, then WBC Welterweight Champion Sugar Ray Leonard refused to face his WBA counterpart, Thomas Hearns, until the latter brought more to the table financially. At the time, Leonard was an international star while Hearns was a relative unknown outside of the fight fraternity.

A year later, after the public became more acclimated with Hearns, the fight was made, and Leonard vs Hearns I (1981) would become one of the biggest events in sports history.

Erislandy Lara faces Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO) May 2nd.
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