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    Canelo Beats Lara, Via Split Decision


    Canelo Alvarez clashed with Erislandy Lara on Saturday night, July 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and on Showtime pay-per-view. The Cuban boxed in ultra-crafty fashion, using his feet even more than his fists, to keep Canelo a step or two behind. We went to the cards, cognizant of a typical judges' dislike for "runners." Dave Moretti saw it 115-113 (Alvarez), Jerry Roth 115-113 (Lara) and Levi Martinez had it 117-111, for Canelo.
    To Jim Gray, Canelo insulted Lara, for running. You win by punching, not running, the Mexican said. He did that the whole fight, the winner said. Did he not expect that? No, he wanted a toe to toe fight.
    Canelos' inability to shrink the ring, make Lara go where he didn't want to go, cease his movement, hurt him. Will there be a push to switch trainers?
    Lara went 107-386 to 97-415 for Canelo.
    Both men weighed 155 pounds on Friday. Canelo was 171 to 166 on fight night.
    In the first, the 31 year old Lara (19-1-2 entering) moved, moved, popped the jab with the longer arm. Canelo (43-1-1 entering), almost 24, followed the mobile Lara.
    In the second, a right sent Lara sprawling back. He then ate a straight left which made the crowd buzz. Canelo picked up Lara in a clinch and threatened to dump him at the 46 seconds mark. He wanted to show his strength. Eddy Reynos asked Canelo to watch out for the left, and move at the waist after the round.
    In the third, Lara mostly moved, but also landed a clean left, while the crowd got edgier. Lara mostly moved right, and Canelo was late with long rights.
    In the fourth, Canelo got cooking early. His attitude was fiercer, but there was a mouse under his right eye. Reynoso told the kid to not get desperate.
    In the fifth, Canelo ripped to the body. The distance between the men had closed some. But Lara was still able to dictate the distance between, mostly. He landed one vicious right hook on the Mexican, too.
    In the sixth, Lara moved too much for the fans' liking. Canelo followed but without much luck. He missed badly a few times, showy, ugly misses.
    In the seventh, Lara moved, flurried, and then slid away, with Canelo staring after a miss. A punch caused by a punch formed on Lara's right eye. It might have come off a leaping left uppercut by Canelo.
    In the eighth, Lara moved but forgot to throw. His trainer Ronnie Shields told him to use the jab, and the one-two. "The guy is walking right to it," Shields told the Cuban.
    In the ninth, we saw Lara paw at his eye, and Canelo look more confident. Lara slipped in a wet corner and the crowd roared. As with every round, it was tight.
    In the tenth, Canelo swung wildly, as he looked to land a bomb on the slippery Lara. A Lara combo landed clean, and his movement was back to being constant and quick. He took the round…
    In the 11th, the slippery eel Lara managed to get away from Canelo, even when he was a foot in front of him. A right hand caught Lara as he was pulling out, at 50 seconds. Reynoso told Canelo it was a "very close fight." In the 12th, Canelo came out crazed. But Lara came out the same savvy cat. No knockdowns, we went to the cards...

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    Re: Canelo Beats Lara, Via Split Decision

    Anybody who scored that fight 117-111 for Canelo is obviously a Golden Boy Employee...


    I can't name a round when Canelo landed at least 2 clean punches to the head in a combination, but Lara landed 1-2's and 1-2-3's all night!!!

    I scored it 115-113 Lara

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    Lara stunk out the place. He is the new Rigondeaux without all the skills. Fight could have went either way and I don't fault Lara for not trading but it was ridiculous to just run as much as he did and not fight in more spots than he did. Yes he scored well when he punched but that was an awful excuse for a prize fight. I don't want to see a rematch and I'm putting Lara on my do not watch list. He already said a rematch would be a replay and it would. It is a good thing for him he is not under Arum's banner. Arum would boycott him too. This was no robbery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveB View Post
    Lara stunk out the place. He is the new Rigondeaux without all the skills. Fight could have went either way and I don't fault Lara for not trading but it was ridiculous to just run as much as he did and not fight in more spots than he did. Yes he scored well when he punched but that was an awful excuse for a prize fight. I don't want to see a rematch and I'm putting Lara on my do not watch list. He already said a rematch would be a replay and it would. It is a good thing for him he is not under Arum's banner. Arum would boycott him too. This was no robbery.
    It is was a robbery. The red-headed hype got another gift. So high his arse, the powers that be are trying to lift. Holla!

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    This was a black eye for the sport of boxing in my opinion. Lara clearly out boxed Canelo and landed more clean and effective punches than Canelo. This isn't the amateurs where punches on the elbows, arms, and shoulders count. A professional fight is scored by criteria such as clean and effective punches landed, ring generalship, defense, effective aggression, etc. Lara was the ring general tonight and put on a master class performance for those of us that are students of the sweet science. The bottom line is that Canelo is the establishment fighter and got a gift decision. 117-111, really! Stevie Wonder could have scored the fight better than that judge.

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    It is was a robbery. The red-headed hype got another gift. So high his arse, the powers that be are trying to lift. Holla!
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    Nah, this is the Bambi thing you always talk about. He,he

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveB View Post
    Lara stunk out the place. He is the new Rigondeaux without all the skills. Fight could have went either way and I don't fault Lara for not trading but it was ridiculous to just run as much as he did and not fight in more spots than he did. Yes he scored well when he punched but that was an awful excuse for a prize fight. I don't want to see a rematch and I'm putting Lara on my do not watch list. He already said a rematch would be a replay and it would. It is a good thing for him he is not under Arum's banner. Arum would boycott him too. This was no robbery.
    I agree DaveB.... It was a very tactical fight. It reminded me of Algieri vs Provodnikov.
    Except Lara never got hurt. I actually forgot to record the fight. And I'm not upset..lol
    I thought Lara won a close one. My question to the judges is: should we penalize fighters for boxing in a non fan pleasing style?

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    In truth I thought Lara did just enough to win. There is always that one ridiculous scorecard so much that it has to be expected. I'm not saying it is right but it pretty much happens 100% of the time. I just don't like Lara's type of fighting. As a fan I want to be entertained. I'm not saying you fight the opponents fight or a style that he wants, it is boxing after all. If it were just fighting and trading punchers would rule or whoever gets in the first hard shot. I think Lara is a great boxer but he has a stinko professional style. People paid money to see that garbage. I don't know if people like him will consistently win fights because, in truth, his style is offensive to some people and he is being judged by those people that matter. This fight was such a waste of time and I don't feel that strongly about it regardless of who won. I am happy for boxing that Canelo won for the future matches he will have. Lara can go back to Friday Night Fights.

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    Lara is got nobody to blame but himself, the fight was very close could gone either way. Unfortunely he was not going to win a close fight, he needed to push the fight and win with conviction take chances and beat the crap out canelo just like money may did. By joining anti big money oscar band wagon he is screwed Now!! Also Lara doesn't seem to have any fan base I saw a handle of quiet Lara fans ,20 at the most.

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    Re: Canelo Beats Lara, Via Split Decision

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveB View Post
    In truth I thought Lara did just enough to win. There is always that one ridiculous scorecard so much that it has to be expected. I'm not saying it is right but it pretty much happens 100% of the time. I just don't like Lara's type of fighting. As a fan I want to be entertained. I'm not saying you fight the opponents fight or a style that he wants, it is boxing after all. If it were just fighting and trading punchers would rule or whoever gets in the first hard shot. I think Lara is a great boxer but he has a stinko professional style. People paid money to see that garbage. I don't know if people like him will consistently win fights because, in truth, his style is offensive to some people and he is being judged by those people that matter. This fight was such a waste of time and I don't feel that strongly about it regardless of who won. I am happy for boxing that Canelo won for the future matches he will have. Lara can go back to Friday Night Fights.
    I guess we don't have to read between the lines here DaveB ...I think you made your thoughts loud and clear. Lol... Just makes me wonder how Floyd beat him so easily.

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