For the second consecutive fight, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) won’t be fighting in the junior middleweight division when he steps inside the ring against Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Canelo says he has no problems making weight for his junior middleweight fights, it’s hard to believe what he’s saying given that this will be another fight where it’ll be staged at middleweight. The Canelo-Lara fight will take place at a catch weight of 155.
“I don’t think I’m shocked at all,” Lara said to Fighthype in referring to his WBA 154lb title not being on the line for the fight. “Obviously, Canelo can’t make the fight no more. This title is honor and glory.”
Canelo fought his last opponent Alfredo Angulo at a catch weight of 155 last March in beating him by a 10th round TKO victory. After making weight, Canelo promptly re-hydrated to a reported 175lbs for the fight, which technically put him in the light heavyweight class. When a fighter puts on 15-20 lbs or more after re-hydrating, it’s a pretty good indication that fighter doesn’t belong in that weight class anymore.
Canelo is stubbornly persisting to stick it out at 154 for some reason, perhaps due to the bigger names being in the welterweight division with Floyd Mayweather Jr, Manny Pacquiao, and Amir Khan. If Canelo were to move up to the middleweight division, he’d be faced with the tough task of trying to beat guys like Gennady Golovkin [if the networks would allow the fight], Daniel Geale, Peter Quillin, Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez, Martin Murray, and Daniel Jacobs.
Canelo can obviously beat some of them, but it would be a really tough ask for him to beat the likes of Golovkin and Sergio. Those guys would be putting the heat on Canelo, and it would be very difficult picturing Canelo being able to hang with any of them.