Rebounding from a loss to Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez last vacated the squared circle in March after outclassing Alfredo Angulo to earn an empathic 10th round TKO.
Using brilliant movement and a diversified attack, Canelo landed left hooks, straight rights and uppercuts seemingly at will.
Looking sharp, fast and powerful, Alvarez quickly established that the 31-year-old Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) wasn’t a worthy adversary.
“(Lara’s) a difficult southpaw but we will prepare well,” said Alvarez, 23, who began boxing professionally at the ludicrous age of 15. “I’ve fought all styles. We’ll be ready. I prepare like a champ to win. I have the qualities and experience to win this fight.”
Meanwhile, Lara unanimously outscored Austin Trout to capture the WBA light middleweight title on December 7 in Brooklyn.
Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) officially trumped the 28-year-old Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) by counts of 115-109, 117-110 and 117-110.
“(Alvarez) will come aggressive and put on a show for the fans. But, we’ll be prepared for what he brings,” claimed Lara, 31, also a conqueror of Angulo who defected from Cuba in 2008. “My style is rare for him. With my ability there will be no problem on fight night.”
Although Lara’s awkward stance could pose problems, Alvarez is a fierce redhead who will easily penetrate “The American Dream’s” guard.
Refocused and incredibly determined, expect Saul Alvarez “to win this fight” over Erislandy Lara by knockout.