Erislandy Lara, who faces Canelo Alvarez tonight in Las Vegas, was part of an influx of Cuban amateur stars who left their homeland and brought their talents to the professional ranks.
Mexican star Canelo Alvarez and Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara spoke about the historic boxing traditions of their nations at the final press conference for their Showtime Pay Per View showdown on Saturday.
Author Brin-Jonathan Butler chronicles Guillermo Rigondeaux’s story, from outcast amateur star to outcast world champion, and examines the consequences faced by those who leave Cuba and those who choose to stay.
Junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara faces Alfredo Angulo in the Showtime-televised co-feature to the June 8 Marcos Maidana-Josesito Lopez fight. “Angulo stands in my way of becoming a world champion and I’m not going to let him derail me from my goal,” Lara told RingTV.com.
Cuban amateur boxing legend Guillermo Rigondeaux left family and risked his life to journey from his native island to the United States, where he pursued his pro career. The undefeated titleholder faces his biggest pro challenge in Nonito Donaire on Saturday in New York City.