Canelo Alvarez edges out elusive Lara
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) defeated Erislandy Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The judges scores were 115-113, 117-111 for Canelo and 115-113 for Lara.
Canelo pressed the action and swung with several wild shots early on, but it wasn’t until the 4th round that he began to successfully cut down the ring and find his Cuban opponent.
Southpaw Lara mainly jabbed and moved throughout the bout. Lara’s continuous movement meant there was little trading between the two.
Canelo's body attacks paid dividends as Lara’s movement slowed dramatically by round 6.
Canelo opened a cut above Lara’s eye with a left uppercut in the 7th. The cut seemed to bother him for several rounds, but by the 10th, Lara came on strong and as the Mexican continued to chase him to take further advantage, Lara had some success with counter lefts, nailing Canelo and making him miss in the closing rounds.
At the final bell both men raised their arms, but it was Alvarez who was given the nod by the judges.
“I came to fight,” said Canelo after the fight. “If he wants to run then go to a marathon. You don’t win a fight by running…when he learns how to fight, I’ll give him a rematch.”
Lara stated, “I did my fight and I won this fight. I made him look bad in front of his crowd…I still have no respect for him and I want a rematch.”
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