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Canelo Alvarez ‘came to fight’ and he deserved to beat Erislandy Lara

Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya says Canelo Alvarez will fight again in November.
Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya says Canelo Alvarez will fight again in November.
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Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez earned a somewhat controversial split decision over Erislandy Lara last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Styles make scraps and Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) couldn’t be more opposite prizefighters.

Alvarez relentlessly attacked Lara, opened a cut on the Cuban’s right eye in the seventh round, and nearly floored him in the following frame with a savage body shot.

In stark contrast to the powerful Mexican, Lara refused to throw hands and essentially sprinted from Alvarez for 36 consecutive minutes.

Throwing pointless punches off his back foot, Lara never even stunned Alvarez and strictly fought to validate his defensive wizardry.

"I came to fight. I didn't come to run. You don't win by running. You win by hitting," said Alvarez, 24, who began boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15. "Lara didn't come to fight. He's a great boxer, I respect him. But he has to throw more [effective] punches."

Unsurprisingly, Lara disagreed with Alvarez and continued to belittle the fierce redhead’s abilities as a pugilist.

"I 100 percent thought I won the fight," said Lara, 31, a decorated amateur who defected from Cuba in 2008.

“I felt I was totally in control. It didn't seem like he was doing anything. I know one thing, 100 percent I made him look bad in front of all of his people. Everyone knows I won the fight, no matter what they say. I didn't respect him before the fight and that hasn't changed. I want a rematch."

Canelo sarcastically responded to Lara’s desire for a sequel.

"I'll give him the rematch, when he learns how to fight," mocked Alvarez.

Boxing is extremely subjective and it’s understandable that many onlookers were divided on this bout’s scoring.

However, despite being a true ring technician, Lara shouldn’t be rewarded for “running” rather than “hitting.”

Utilizing an effective style, Lara will never “learn how to fight.”

Ultimately, Alvarez “came to fight” and Erislandy Lara resembled California Chrome inside of a squared circle.

Canelo Alvarez “was totally in control” and he deserved to leave Sin City as a victor.