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Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/12/14

Erislandy Lara (19-2-1) vs. Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1)

Boxing: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm (MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada)

The Line: Canelo Alvarez See the Latest Odds

TV: Showtime PPV

Saturday’s boxing main event will be a battle between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Lara enters the fight with a 19-2-1 record and is stepping back in the ring for the first time since his victory over Austin Trout last December. You have to worry about the long time between fights, but the last time we saw Lara, he put a straight up beat down on his opponent. Lara is one of the most skilled boxers in the sport who is still looking for that marquee win that puts his career over the top. Lara is truly a one-way fighter, as he does a lot of sticking and moving with precise punching technique and combines that with great defense and footwork. When he’s able to get in a rhythm and speed up the fight to his liking, Lara is one of the best in the business and tough to beat.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/12/14

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Alvarez bounced back from his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a win over Alfredo Angulo, and will now experience his second fight of the year. Alvarez has an impressive record of 43-1-1 and is by far one of the biggest names in boxing. Alvarez is tough to beat due to his versatility and ability to mix things up throughout a fight. He can play the passive approach and let the fight come to him while picking his spots, or he can rush his opponent and land crushing body blows with equal power in both hands. He’s one of the most well-rounded fighters in the sport and a big puncher.

While Alvarez is the heavy favorite and is sure to have a big following in the crowd, I really like Lara in this fight. In order to seal the deal, Alvarez will have to be aggressive and throw a lot of punchers, which is something we haven’t seen him do much. Alvarez has been hesitant at times against overly skilled fighters.

Alvarez is likely to ware down the longer this fight goes, giving Lara the clear advantage. This is mismatch problem and I like Lara to pull off the upset and earn probably the biggest victory of his career.

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