Canelo and Liam Smith came face to face for the first time this week in the enormous venue where they will face each other for the WBO 154lbs title on September 17th. Going into the fight many are writing Smith off in terms of having a chance of beating the well known Mexican, but many are also forgetting that Smith…
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Recently Canelo Alvarez has come in for some heated flack for not choosing to face Gennady Golovkin next this year and instead opting to take on WBO junior-middleweight champion Liam Smith. This criticism has also been directed at his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, but one fighter has taken things to a new level.
Cuban 154lbs southpaw maestro Erislandy Lara might not be known to the wider public outside of boxing but to those familiar with his pugilistic exploits within the game, we know just how a good a fighter he is.
So good in fact that he’s found it difficult to land big fights throughout his career and when he did have the most significant one to date against Canelo, he just came up short in a razor thin split decision loss – that many thought could have went his way.
He’s taken on good opposition over the years in the likes of Paul Williams, Austin Trout and Ishe Smith, beating the latter two, but has nonetheless struggled for recognition and opportunity to land big fights.
This frustration appears to have boiled over this week when talking to Declan Taylor of Boxing Scene, in what can only be described as out and out verbal war against Canelo and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya:
“Canelo is a spoiled brat who’s lost all respect from boxing fans and especially all fans in Mexico. All that’s left to do now is borrow his promoter’s fishnets and high heels. As a matter of fact, here’s a bet for you – we fight and the loser takes Victoria Secrets pictures with Oscar.”
Here’s highlights of what happened when the two fighters met in the ring back in 2014:
(Credit: Mayweather Flyd YouTube channel)