Alvarez vs. Lara: Drama and Controversy
By Alejandro Ramirez
On July 12, 2014 Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara came together at the MGM Grand/Las Vegas to fight for honor and glory. Alvarez is coming off an impressive 10th round stoppage against hard hitting Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo and Lara is coming off an impressive unanimous win against Austin "No Doubt" Trout. This union was sure to be a memorable one. As the fight got closer, it was labeled "Mexican Boxing School vs. Cuban Boxing School" and that’s exactly what it was.
The MGM grand was electric after these fellow Mexican countrymen had back to back to back wins. First, Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera won the interim WBA World Light Welterweight title after defeating Johan “El Terrible” Perez in a twelve round hard fought majority decision. Then we had Francisco Vargas third round TKO stoppage against Juan Manuel Lopez. Later, Abner Mares made his return after an eleven month layoff to defeated Jonathan Oquendo. Mares received a twelfth round unanimous decision against Oquendo.
The stage was set at the MGM Grand. The Grand Garden Arena erupted and became electric when Mexican goalie Guillermo" Memo" Ochoa (whom displayed a stellar performance in the World Cup) entered the arena. The crowd was upset from the bad penalty call in the World Cup, resulting in Team Mexico being eliminated against Netherlands (2-1) and began chanting "No Fue Penal" (“it wasn't a penalty shot!”). Everyone was pumped as Lara entered the arena while the crowd boos the Cuban. When Alvarez entered the ring the crowd went wild. The fight started with an aggressive body punching as Alvarez attacked Lara, but Lara and his slick boxing skills made Alvarez miss multiple punches. Later in the fight the crowd got frustrated and started to scream “stop running Lara””. Each fighter had their highs and lows. Alvarez had great body shots but could not land any solid head shots. Lara’s movement made Alvarez miss multiple times but he never let his hands go. Each fighter brought their country style of boxing. This fight had a controversial ending, as it was called with Alvarez winning on a split decision.
Professional boxing Trainer Carlos Barragan form the House of Boxing, San Diego Said:
Erislandy Lara, Professional Boxer did exactly what he said he would do. He brought the Cuban School of Boxing. The system is one if the most successful in the world in Olympic Style Amateur Boxing. They have mastered the style. Southpaws, moving in and out, holding, circling, and protecting the lead. For that reason, our USA Amateur Boxers who have more of a Pro Style.
I agree the object of boxing "is to hit and not get hit" but in the Pros its "hit and don’t get hit, then hit again." If Lara would have shortened the movement and hit on the lateral move rather then taking off, the fight may have had a different outcome.
The fight was close, but I believe Canelo won the fight on hard shots and making the fight. This is Professional Boxing.
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