Golden Boy Promotions has a ton riding on tonight’s fight between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara. With Floyd Mayweather half way out the door it is up to Canelo to be the cash cow for GBP and a second loss in 2 years would surely sidetrack his journey towards superstardom.
Canelo was dominant in his last fight against Alfredo Angulo, an opponent Lara struggled against, but Angulo fit Canelo style perfectly. Erislandy Lara is a completely different animal in the ring and he’s itching to prove that he is the better fighter. Lara’s Cuban boxing style has confused every fighter he’s been in the ring against thus far and his reach keeps even the heaviest of punchers at bay. Canelo had trouble catching up with a smaller, yet quicker, Floyd Mayweather so Lara may have the same advantage in tonight’s fight.
What Canelo must do is get Lara out of his game plan and turn this into a slugfest. At times against Angulo Lara let his cockiness get the best of him and he was trapped in long exchanges. Canelo has the size and strength to trap him against the ropes and coax him into opening up his guard.
The beauty of this fight is the possibility of it ending in a close decision or in a dominant KO. No one can pin point how these fighters will attack each other and the old adage of “styles making fights” is in full display tonight.
With a win Canelo brightens his star even more and likely heads into a mega-fight with Miguel Cotto, but with a loss Lara becomes the new face of the division and Golden Boy must figure out how to keep their once promising fighter relevant if he can’t match up with the elite fighters.
Here’s our official predictions for tonight’s fight:
Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1; 31 KOs) vs. Erislandy Lara (19-1-2; 12 KOs) – Canelo via 9th Rd KO
Abner Mares (26-1-1; 14 KOs) vs. Jonathan Oquendo (24-3; 16 KOs) – Mares via Split Decision
Juan Manuel Lopez (34-3; 31 KOs) vs. Francisco Vargas (19-0-1; 13 KOs) – Juan Ma via 8th Rd KO
Johan Perez (19-1-1; 13 KOs) vs. Mauricio Herrera (20-4; 7 KOs) – Perez via Unanimous Decision