Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) revealed this past week that he offered a fight to WBA 154lb champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) for July 12th. Canelo says he sent a contract offer over to Lara, and he’s waiting to hear what he says in response. In the meantime, ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas says he thinks this is a tough fight for the 23-year-old Canelo, and he believes that it’s a fight that he can’t win.
Atlas is picking the 31-year-old Lara to beat the red-haired Canelo if the fight comes off. That’s a big if, because Canelo has only had one tough fight during his career, and that was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September. Mayweather easily beat Canelo by a one-sided 12 round decision. Canelo rebounded from the loss in beating fringe contender Alfredo Angulo last March, However, Angulo isn’t a high quality fighter, and he was coming off of a knockout loss to Lara at the time that he fought Canelo.
“I like Lara. His only problem is he’s not active enough,” Atlsas told esnewsreporting. “I think he’s a more complete fighter [than Canelo]. He’s more experienced from the amateurs to the pros. I think he’s more sound. I think that would be a very, very, very difficult fight for Canelo.”
Lara has a fight next month on May 2nd against former IBF 154lb champion Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO’s) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Lara’s promoter Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy Promotions had been talking about trying to get out of the fight against Smith so that they could avoid a possible injury in that fight, and then focus on promoting the Canelo-Lara fight.
Schaefer said this last Tuesday, but he’s not said anything since then. Earlier today, Mayweather Promotions sent out a tweet that said that the Lara-Smith fight was taking place. What this means is that it’s possible that Canelo and Lara won’t be fighting each other next on July 12th, because there’s too much of a chance that Lara will suffer some kind of injury while in the process of beating Smith on May 2nd, if he beats him.
Additionally, Lara won’t be available to help market the July 12th fight against Canelo until after May 2nd, and that’s obviously not an ideal situation for Golden Boy Promotions. They wanted to start marketing the fight at least two months ahead of time.