Ramon Alvarez Looking to Join Brother Canelo as a World Champion
Ramon Alvarez and former champion Erislandy Lara will meet for the vacant WBA super welterweight title this Saturday in Minneapolis.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2019 • 9:25 PM ET
Erislandy Lara is looking to win another title this weekend.
The vacant WBA super welterweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as former champion Erislandy Lara will get another shot at gold against veteran and brother to Canelo, Ramon Alvarez, in Minneapolis.
The fight was originally scheduled to be for the vacant interim title, but former champion Brian Castano was removed as regular champion after failing to book a rematch with mandatory challenger Michel Soro due to contractual disputes. The winner of the Lara vs. Alvarez bout will face WBA “gold” champion Soro in four months.
Lara’s last fight was a controversial split-decision draw against Brian Carlos Castano for the WBA title in March, which followed a controversial split-decision loss to Jarret Hurd for the WBA, IBF and IBO super welterweight titles last April. Prior to the fight with Hurd, Lara was on a six-fight winning streak following a split-decision loss to Canelo Alvarez.
While Lara has run into bad luck when his fights have been left in the judges’ hands, he believes he’s ready for anyone should he win on Saturday.
"The motivation is always there,” Lara recently said via Boxing Scene. “I always have the motivation, and that is why I am training hard. I am very focused on Ramon Alvarez and if everything goes well on the 31st, then I am ready to fight anyone. Whoever they put in front of me I will be ready to face.”
Lara also has extra motivation for Saturday’s fight.
“This fight against Ramon Alvarez is personal for me, as I have history with the Alvarez family,” Lara said via the Miami Herald. “Expect another great fight and a spectacular performance.”
Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) has key victories over Vanes Martirosyan, Delvin Rodriguez, Ishe Smith and Austin Trout.
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Meanwhile, Alvarez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) is coming off a split-decision victory over Jose Carlos Paz in April, rebounding from a TKO loss to former champion Brandon Rios in November. Saturday’s fight will be only Alvarez’s second outside of Mexico, his first being the loss to Rios in Mulvane, Kan.
"The idea is to work by cutting off the ring in the event he wants to box, and if he want to fight, we will also be prepared for that too,” Alvarez said via Boxing Scene. “There are many who say that Erislandy is not the same as he was before, but I do not place my trust in that, I must be ready for anything.”
Alvarez has notable wins over Johnny Navarrete, Omar Chavez (twice) and Jorge Paez Jr. If he wins this weekend, Alvarez and his brothers Rigoberto and Canelo will be the first trio of Mexican brothers to become world champions.
"It is what fills me with the most enthusiasm, the possibility of making history and the desire to be world champion," Alvarez said.
• How to watch/start time: The main card can be seen on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.