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WBA Weirdest Bout of Year Tonight: Lara vs. Canelo’s Brother Ramon Alvarez

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent 

Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 31, 2019)– At 36 years old, Erislandy Lara is no spring chicken for a former world junior middleweight champion. In a weird matchup, Saturday, August 31, 2019, Lara squares off against Ramon Alvarez on USA Fox in a scheduled 12 rounder for the vacant World Boxing Association regular World Junior Middleweight title at Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a 14 bout card presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Lara, 25-3-3 with 14 knockouts, Houston, Texas, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, made the 154 pound weight limit. Ramon Alvarez, 28-7-3 with 16 knockouts, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, did not make weight, so the vacant WBA regular title will be at stake for Lara only.

Ramon, age 33, who lost his pro debut in 2008, bonafide is not in the same ability level as his brother Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Indeed, Ramon is a strange fighter. Ramon has been stopped three times, twice in the second round, but has actually won seven out of eight ten rounders in which he fought to the distance, including in his last two bouts. Ramon has drawn and lost 12 rounders at the 12 round distance, and he does not figure to beat the more experienced and ring savvy Lara. However, Lara, like Guillermo Rigondeaux, is an aging Cuban fighter. Alvarez, by virtue of his brother, is a sentimental Mexican and worldwide name.

It does not appear Ramon deserves this vacant title shot, and he will not win it one way or the other because he showed up for the weigh-in an hour later 4.5 pounds overweight. Lara will stop Alvarez in the middle or the late rounds. A Lara rematch of his decision loss to Canelo is unlikely. The 13 bout undercard includes 6 six rounders, 3 eight rounders, and 4 ten rounders. 13-0 Californian Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Sendora will defend his WBC Youth World Super Welterweight title in a scheduled 10 rounder against 14-1 Jamontay ‘The Quiet Assassin’ Clark of Cincinnati, Ohio in the televised preliminary bout to the main event.

ERISLANDY LARA TRAINING CAMP QUOTES & PHOTOS
 
Former Champion Erislandy Lara Looks to Reclaim Status as Best at
154-Pounds When He Takes on Ramon Alvarez for WBA Super Welterweight Title in FOX PBC Fight Night Main Event & on FOX Deportes this Saturday Night from The Armory in Minneapolis
 
Click HERE for Training Camp Photos from Team Lara
 
LAS VEGAS (August 27, 2019) – Former world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will continue his quest to reclaim his spot at the top of the 154-pound division when he takes on Ramon Alvarez for the WBA Super Welterweight title this Saturday night in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from The Armory in Minneapolis.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Warriors Boxing, can be purchased at the Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.
Televised coverage begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will see Lara in a grudge match against Alvarez, who is the brother of middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, giving Lara a chance for a measure of revenge against the brother of an opponent he dropped a controversial decision to in 2014.
In addition, Lara has enlisted the help of his first professional trainer, Ismael Salas, as he now lives and trains in Las Vegas. Here is what Lara had to say about this upcoming matchup, training camp and more:
On this training camp:
“Everything is going great out here in Las Vegas as I wrap up camp for my title fight. The sparring partners really pushed me to my limits, and I know mentally that I’m fully prepared for this fight. Everything…my timing, my stamina, my mental fortitude, it’s all on point right now.”
On his fight against Ramon Alvarez:
“This will be a good fight for the fans because I know Ramon Alvarez is coming with everything he’s got.  I know he’ll be looking to end all controversy about me getting robbed when I fought his brother Canelo.  Everyone knows I won that fight, so I’m going to take it out on Ramon. He’s had plenty of time to prepare for this bout, as I did, so we will both be performing at our very best. Stylistically, I feel I have the advantages. I’m going into this fight with the mindset to dominate and score a knockout.”
On training with Ismael Salas:
“Training with Salas has brought back some good memories as he was my coach when I first turned professional. We are working on a lot of fundamentals with a few twists. Salas and I have sharpened up all my tools and I’m taking this fight very seriously. We have a great game plan in place.”
On fighting for the vacant WBA Super Welterweight title:
“I going to reclaim my status as the best fighter in the super welterweight division. Winning the WBA world title on Saturday will be the biggest step yet in getting back there. After I win this belt, I’m going to defend it against all the top contenders and champions they put in front of me.”
On fighting in the main event on FOX and FOX Deportes:
“FOX is a huge outlet for boxing and I love fighting on their network. Knowing that there will be millions of viewers tuning in is a tremendous blessing to everyone who fights on FOX. I’m excited to showcase my skills on a tremendous platform that’s bringing boxing to so many fans all over the country..”
ERISLANDY LARA VS. RAMON ALVAREZ FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS
 
Former World Champion Erislandy Lara Takes on Ramon Alvarez for WBA Super Welterweight Title in Main Event of FOX PBC Fight Night & on FOX Deportes this Saturday Night from The Armory in Minneapolis – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
 
Click HERE for Photos from Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions
 
MINNEAPOLIS (August 29, 2019) – Former world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Ramon “El Inocente” Alvarez squared off at the final press conference Thursday before they battle for the WBA Super Welterweight title this Saturday night in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from The Armory in Minneapolis.
Also on hand at Thursday’s press conference and featured in action beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Saturday were fast rising super welterweights Sebastían “The Towering Inferno” Fundoratakes on Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark, who meet in a 10-round showdown, and hard-hitting Cuban heavyweight Frank Sachez and Victor Bisbal, who compete in a 10-round bout.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Warriors Boxing, can be purchased at the Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.
The fighters were joined on the press conference stage by Cuban great and former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor. Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from The Armory in Minneapolis:
ERISLANDY LARA
“Training has been really good. We’re strong and I just wish Alvarez luck. We changed things up in our training and are back with Ismael Salas now. Alvarez is about to find out how hard we’ve worked.
“I think after the sixth round, you will see all the training that I did and the game plan that we have, start to break him down. After that, the knockout is going to come.
“My goal has been to get back to the top of the division. I’ve been at the top of the division all of these years and regaining a title is huge. It’s part of my history and my legacy. I’m super excited to be back in another big fight.
“I’m just focused on getting my title back. I want to look spectacular in this main event Saturday night on a big stage. Then I can move on to the biggest fights in the world.
“Going back to my original pro coach Ismael Salas has been great. Ronnie Shields is a great trainer and we had a great run together, I just had to change atmosphere. I’m very comfortable in Las Vegas. The sparring was perfect and we’re ready to rock.
“I come well prepared for this fight. The fight with Canelo was a long time ago, so now I’m just looking forward and toward being in bigger fights.”
RAMON ALVAREZ
“I’m not worried about what Lara’s mindset is. I’m prepared and ready to go. I’m here to write my own story as I’ve been doing by working hard since day one.
“What happened between my brother and Lara was years ago and you can’t change history. I’m only focused on what I have to do.
“We had a very good preparation for this fight. It’s a big fight for both of us. We’ve been completely focused on what’s in front of us.
“I don’t put too much thought into Lara’s last two fights not being wins. He’s changed his mentality and attitude and he’s fighting and not boxing as much as he did before. I think that shows that he still has a lot left in the tank to give.
“I’ve prepared very hard and I can only show it in the ring with my performance and my fists. We can both talk, but on Saturday night it will all be decided.
“I’m not just thinking about making history, but I will make history on Saturday night. The Alvarez brothers are going to make more history for Mexico when I win this title.”
SEBASTIAN FUNDORA
“When I come to fight at different venues I’m able to block everything out and just focus on the fight. But I do have some fans here in Minneapolis and I’m pretty sure they like me here since it’s my third time fighting here. It helps builds up my confidence a little bit more.
“The only adjustment we made for this fight was for the southpaw stance of Clark. I’ve fought tall guys before. My last opponent was 6’1”. So this won’t be much of a change for me.
“We’ll see what Clark comes with on Saturday. We’ll be prepared to box from the outside but also adjust depending how he fights me. I work hard to be an all-around fighter.
“I’m just excited to keep fighting on this stage and displaying my skills for everyone. I’m only focused on getting better and I believe fights like this will show what we’ve worked on.
“People look at my height, but I can fight on the inside too. I think people expect me to box but showing all that I can do gives people even more to worry about.”
JAMONTAY CLARK
“I don’t think too much about his height. This is a big opportunity and a new start for me. We’re going to pull off the upset Saturday night.
“I sparred with a lot of tall guys including some heavyweights, so I’m all the way ready for this fight. I have a good jab and I’m going to use it a lot in this fight.
“I think I fight better against taller opponents. I don’t think he’s going to be able to out box me or fight me on the inside. I feel that I have all the advantages. He can take it wherever he wants to go.
“I see my loss as a lesson. We learned from it and we’re here now. It’s a blessing. I’m going to keep showing my heart and my hunger.
“This win is going to mean everything to me on Saturday night. I’m calling it my new beginning and it starts with this fight.”
FRANK SANCHEZ
“I want people to know that there’s going to be a new Cuban heavyweight champion. I’m going to put a show on and everyone can see it on Saturday night.
“My team has made adjustments and we’re ready to fight for 10 rounds my first time as a pro. If it was a 12 round fight, I’d be ready for that as well.
“I’ve made some technical changes that will make it easier for me to go the whole distance and go into deep waters.
“My opponent is experienced and it’s another chance for me to display my skills. I’m definitely going for the knockout and a big statement.”
VICTOR BISBAL
“This is a fight that I’ve been waiting for. I’ve turned down other fights for a chance like this and I’m going to take advantage. My plan is to end Saturday night with a victory.
“I know that the Cubans are always great fighters and they have great training. He’s powerful and experienced, but at the end of the day, I know what he’s brining into the ring.

“There’s a good chance this fight ends in a knockout but I’ll be prepared to go the distance and win every round if I have to.”

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.