Lem Satterfield

Q&A: Erislandy Lara calls Canelo Alvarez ‘a baby”

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Within minutes of the aftermath of Saturday’s junior middleweight clash of left-handers, during which Erislandy Lara dropped Austin Trout in the 11th round of his unanimous decision victory, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated that he would speak to Canelo Alvarez regarding a potential bout with Lara.

Both Schaefer and Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 knockouts) have said that the fighter will be on hand on Saturday when his 31-year-old brother, junior welterweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez, faces an opponent to be determined on the Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana at The Alamodome in San Antonio.

Before Lara, however, Alvarez and Schaefer are considering a match with Miguel Cotto, a three-division titlewinner who was offered a deal worth in excess of $10 million last month to face Alvarez. Cotto was also widely-reported to be considering an unsubstantiated $15 million offer to face RING/WBC 160-pound champ Sergio Martinez on June 7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Schaefer said that another consideration for Alvarez is IBF 154-pound titleholder Carlos Molina, who battled Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) to a disputed draw in March of 2011.

“I will be meeting with Canelo next week,” stated Schaefer in an e-mail to RingTV.com on Saturday night, “and Lara is definitely now a possibility next to Cotto and Molina.”

Lara’s return to the East Coast meant coming back to the area of one of his best performances, a majority-decision loss against former two-time welterweight titleholder Paul Williams in 2011 in Atlantic City, which many ringsiders and boxing insiders thought Lara had won.

“I will be talking to Canelo this weekend and see what he wants to do, and we haven’t heard anything from Cotto, so I don’t know what’s going on there,” said Schaefer. “But we’re not going to be sitting around waiting and

wondering what is going to happen. We’re going to pull the trigger on who it’s going to be.”

Before facing Trout,  Lara had to rise from knockdowns in the fourth and ninth rounds of to his score a 10th-round stoppage of Alfredo Angulo in June, which had followed a disputed draw with Vanes Martirosyan in November of 2012.

A unanimous decision winner over Cotto in December of last year, Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) was floored in the seventh round of a unanimous decision loss to Alvarez in April.

Lara spoke to RingTV.com on Saturday night in this Q&A translated by his manager, Luis DeCubas Jr.

 

RingTV.com: Did the fight go as you expected?

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Erislandy Lara: It was easier than I expected. Trout’s a good fighter, but I was prepared for his game plan. A fighter has to make adjustments to me. I told Trout that I was going to take him into my world, and I took Trout into my world.

RingTV.com: Do you think that he was looking to avoid the left hand that troubled Williams, and, which, eventually, you caught him with in the 11th?

EL: That’s his team’s fault and his fault for over-analyzing the situation. Sometimes, you’ve got to get in there and go for it. I think that Trout tried to survive from the opening bell on, but I did eventually get him with that left hand, didn’t I?

RingTV.com: If you had Alvarez in a room by yourself, and you could speak to him, eye-to-eye, what would you say?

EL: I would tell him, ‘Look, I’m better than you, plain and simple. If you feel that you’re better, then let’s show the world that you’re better. Let’s get into the ring.’ But I’m the best fighter at 154 pounds, and I’m going to continue to show that to the world.

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RingTV.com: Do you think that Alvarez will insist on taking a fight against you like he did taking his fight against Trout?

EL: I don’t think that it’s going to be his decision. I think that it’s his management team. From the beginning, they’ve treated him like a baby.

Golden Boy has done a great job promoting him, and that’s why he’s gotten as far as he’s gotten, but I feel that he’s a baby, and that’s all that he is.

RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on the fact that Richard Schaefer has mentioned that he will discuss a potential fight against you with Alvarez next week?

EL: I hope that it happens, 100 percent. Richard says that he wants to do it, I hope that they work on it. But the reality is that if Canelo doesn’t fight me, then Canelo is scared.

There are no ifs ands or buts about it. If Canelo doesn’t step up to the plate like he did against Austin Trout, then he’s a joke, plain and simple. He’s a joke.

 

 

Video by Bill Emes

Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Photo by Al Bello, Getty Images

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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