OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions
"Lara has surrounds himself with great people and he is focused and always trains hard for his fights.
"He does exactly what a champion should do. This is going to be an exciting, competitive fight.
"Lara is one of the best fighters to ever come out of Cuba and he has an incredible amateur background with 250 fights.
"He earned his WBA championship title when he fought 11 hard rounds with Angulo.
"Canelo won the WBC Junior Middleweight title in 2011 and defended it 11 times.
"He has victories over Austin Trout, then he beat Angulo and he was in the mega-event when he fought against Floyd Mayweather last September.
"He's a fighter that always gives the fans what they want.
"This fight on July 12 is definitely one of the most difficult challenges that Canelo will face at 154 pounds.
"He is facing a tough opponent in Lara."