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Canelo vs. Lara: Insightful preview with Jesse James Leija

Joseph Herron Updated
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Since Miguel Cotto dominated Sergio Martinez on June 7th, most fight fans have been buzzing about a potential "Mexico vs. Puerto Rico" rivalry bout between Canelo Alvarez and the newly crowned Middleweight Champion. Although the explosive match-up is one that every boxing enthusiast would be anxious to see, fans of the Mexican born fighter would be wise to remember that the 23 year old puncher still has business to tend to this summer.

Canelo will be taking on current WBA Junior Middleweight title holder Erislandy Lara in what most fight scribes are calling a 50/50 pairing. Although a Cotto/Canelo super fight at either 154 or 160 pounds would be a huge contest regardless of outcome on July 12th, a loss to the crafty Cuban would somewhat temper the majesty of the event.

In the attached video, two-time world champion and heralded fight promoter Jesse James Leija joins boxing writers Joseph Herron and Rodney Green in analyzing next month's highly anticipated Junior Middleweight showdown.

"This is a very dangerous fight for Canelo," observes the former Super Featherweight Champion.

"Lara is a very athletic, slick defensive boxer who can punch, and Canelo isn't the most fleet footed fighter in the sport. He's a plodder...so that's going to give him some trouble."

"But one thing that Canelo has is a great sense of timing and distance. He can slip an opponent's punch and counter effectively with great timing. Canelo is also a very explosive puncher who combines speed with power."

Both Canelo and Lara have signature wins against perennial contender Alfredo Angulo, but the two men won their respective fight under very different circumstances.

"We all saw Angulo drop Lara twice in their 2013 fight, and Canelo is a much more explosive puncher than Alfredo," states Jesse James Leija. "But Angulo is much better at cutting off the ring and closing the distance than Canelo. I don't know if he'll have the same success Angulo had when putting pressure on Lara."

"The style match-up makes this fight very difficult to call. It's a very interesting but difficult fight for both men."

Who will be victorious when Canelo and Lara step in the ring to decide Junior Middleweight supremacy?

Fight fans will find out on July 12th. The event is slated to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be broadcast on Showtime PPV.

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