Canelo-Lara Face To Face in New York City.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara: set for July 12 at the MGM Grand.

By Miguel Rivera : Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) and WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) have reached an agreement to face each other on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be Canelo’s third consecutive fight at the venue. The fight will be a Showtime Pay-Per-View headliner. Both fighters confirmed the deal via their social networks.

The Cuban boxer was scheduled to defend his title against former IBF champion Ishe Smith on May 2nd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That fight is now off. Smith will still fight on the date, but against a different opponent.

They have two mutual opponents of note. Lara was dropped twice and went through hell to TKO Alfredo Angulo in the ninth round. Last month, Canelo demolished Angulo until the fight was finally called in the tenth. Canelo dropped Austin Trout, but still struggled to win a twelve round decision. On the other hand, Lara also dropped Trout and dominated him for most of the contest.

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Canelo Alvarez: Will Return on July 12th.

By Ryan Burton: Moments ago Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) announced via Instagram/Twitter that he will return to the ring on July 12th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the same venue that he stopped Alfredo Angulo on March 8th.  Canelo also tweeted that he has various potential opponents and that Erislandy Lara is his preference for his summer return. He said that he has already offered the fight to Lara’s team and that he is just waiting to see if they will “stop running their mouth” and accept the offer.

Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring on May 2nd against former champion Ishe Smith and would have to get through that fight unscathed in order to face Alvarez just 10 weeks later.

Here is the original tweet in Spanish:

Mi siguiente pelea será el día 12 de julio en el MGM de las Vegas nevada… Tenemos varias opciones como rival, una de ellas y es la primera y es Lara… Ya se le ofreció y solo falta que acepte y deje de hablar tanta saludos a todos

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Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara could be in Play!

Canelo AlvarezCredit: Photograph by James Michelfelder & Therese SommersethBy Rick Reeno: According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, the next return date for Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) is still potentially going to land on July 26th.

“It’s a possibility, because he still wants to fight three times. He doesn’t want to wait around. He’s going to discuss it with his team and let us know,” Schaefer told BoxingScene.com. “He’s not going to wait until the outcome of Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez. He wants to stay busy.”

Canelo made a statement on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, by beating down Alfredo Angulo for ten rounds before referee Tony Weeks waved off the contest.

Very soon the hunt will begin for Canelo’s next opponent and every possible option will be explored.

“First of all you have to see if Canelo wants to stay at 154, which I think he will. Then we have to see if there is someone from 160 who wants to go to 154, if there is someone at 154, is there someone at 147 who wants to move up. We have to look at the landscape, who is there and who is available. One thing he made clear is that he doesn’t plan to wait around,” Schaefer said.

One obvious possibility is WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs), who confronted Canelo at the post-fight press conference on Saturday night. Lara will be defending his title against former champion Ishe Smith on May 2nd.

Because the well is currently dry in terms of the possible opponents for Canelo’s next two fights in 2014, Schaefer admits that Lara could land Canelo sooner than later.

“[Lara] had a good win with Angulo and it was pretty entertaining performance. He might be the beneficiary of the fact that there is not that much of a talent pool available [for Canelo in 2014]. And he is a titleholder. But maybe there is something you can do a vacant title, but I don’t think he wants to do that. I don’t think titles are that important to Canelo. What’s important to him are his fans. They are very important to him and that’s why he wanted to make a statement [against Angulo],” Schaefer said.

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Erislandy Lara Confronts Canelo Alvarez

LAS VEGAS, MGM GRAND – Following his tenth round TKO win over Alfredo Angulo – Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was confronted at the post-fight press conference by WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, who is hungry to get Canelo in the ring. Lara told Canelo – “Everyone wants to see us fight, when are we going to fight. Everybody wants to see that fight.” And Canelo replied – “Who wants to see us fight? Does anyone want to see us fight? These are not how fights are made.”

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Canelo Alvarez Batters Perro Angulo: Photos

LAS VEGAS – Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez scored a 10th round technical knockout victory over Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in front of 14,610 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of Saturday’s “TOE TO TOE: CANELO vs. ANGULO” on SHOWTIME PPV. Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KOs) landed a vicious left uppercut that rocked “El Perro’s” head back at 0:47 of the 10th round.  Sensing Angulo was taking too much punishment, referee Tony Weeks stepped in and halted the exciting battle. Photos by Kevork Djanseziian/Ed Mullholland/Golden Boy.

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