Lara, a lefty who defected from Cuba in 2008, last vacated the squared circle on December 7 after universally outscoring Austin Trout to capture the WBA light middleweight title.
“When I arrived to the United States from Cuba, times were tough. I’ve built what I have from nothing. I take pride in the opportunities that this country has given me. And I’m not about to let this one go by,” said Lara, 31, who earned a 10th round TKO over Alfredo Angulo in June 2013.
“I feel very special to be here right now. I don’t feel any pressure because I am ready to fight. Right now, Canelo is my enemy and this is war now.”
Meanwhile, rebounding from a loss to Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez also finished the 31-year-old Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) with an emphatic 10th round TKO victory in March.
Using brilliant movement and a diversified attack, Canelo landed left hooks, straight rights and uppercuts at will.
Looking sharp, fast and powerful, Alvarez quickly established that Angulo wasn’t a worthy adversary.
“Erislandy Lara insulted me and my country. He insulted my ability to box, and I take that seriously. This is more than just a fight for me. On Saturday, I’m not only fighting for my honor, I’m fighting for the pride of my country,” said Alvarez, 23. “This fight will give me personal satisfaction.”
Considering the fierce redhead has always thrived against southpaws, Alvarez should easily penetrate Lara’s guard and cause extensive damage.
Ultimately, despite possessing vast pugilistic skills, Lara will fall to Alvarez.
Expect Saul Alvarez to gain “personal satisfaction” by knocking Erislandy Lara onto Queer Street within eight rounds this weekend in Sin City.