The weigh-ins are done, the dust has settled, and now two countries; Mexico and Cuba will have their honor on the line as Canelo Alvarez takes on Erislandy Lara Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a fight billed Honor + Glory.
TVMix was on hand as both fighters came in at the limit of 155, with the pro-Mexican crowd booing Lara loudly and cheering for Canelo as if he had already won.
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After the weigh-in, Lara was asked his thoughts on Canelo, and the Cuban said, “I think I want to break his face in and take him to Cuban fighting school.”
The statement was met with boo’s from the crowd, and when Canelo was interviewed, he was asked to comment on Lara’s statement.
“We will see tomorrow,” said Canelo. “It’s easy to talk, but we’ll see who takes who to school.”
The crowd cheered every time Canelo spoke, and he ended with a loud, “Viva Mexico.”
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As for the fight, Canelo has the better record with more wins than his counterpart, but as Lara said, a lot of the wins were against non-contenders.
Canelo will be the stronger man in the ring, but Lara is a smart boxer that chooses his shots and stays out of harms way.
Lara is coming in the slight 2-1 underdog, but this fight is basically a pick ‘em bout, with Golden Boy Promotions owner Oscar De La Hoya telling Canelo not to fight Lara.
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We’ve analyzed fight video of Canelo and Lara, as well as their opponents and taken their record and who they fought in consideration as well. We’re going with the underdog.
Lara by decision.
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