Some fights get made. Even when they probably shouldn’t.
Such is the case with Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view bout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs).
Alvarez, the rising junior middleweight star, would be well within his rights as one of the biggest names in the sport to fight anyone in the division.
After all, working his way back to a megafight against the likes of someone like Miguel Cotto would make sense for a fighter in Alvarez’s shoes, but the oft-avoided Lara is exactly the type of fighter managers and promoters would usually prefer their guy to stay away from.
But after Lara stormed Alvarez’s post-fight press conference earlier this year to demand the fight, the proud Alvarez just couldn’t help himself. The fight was on whether it made sense or not.
Alvarez-Lara coming together stands as a testament to both men. It gives weight to those who would suggest Alvarez is the kind of fighter who will be a huge star for years to come. He’s a throwback to a different age, a fighter who cares little for records and trinkets and more about pride and honor.
The fight also highlights the persistent determination of Lara. Long standing just outside the warm glow of boxing’s warmest and brightest limelight, Lara shouted with his fists as loud as he could so that fans and media might take notice of his considerable skill set. And when that didn’t work, he showed up at a press conference and confronted the fighter who could help make it happen.
Alvarez-Lara is the wrong kind of fight for anyone who wants boxing to just be a business. But for the rest of us, it’s exactly the right fight at the right time.
Here’s everything you need to know about it.