Feature | Jul 14 2014

Opinion split in boxing media on who won the Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez-Erislandy Lara showdown

Draw might have been the fairest result between Canelo and Lara at the MGM Grand, writes Bobby Hunter

IT seems to happen almost every time in a big fight where at least one boxing judge puts in a scorecard which leaves the fighters, media, and fans scratching their heads, wondering how the hell they came up with that score. Canelo Alvarez against Erislandy Lara was always going to be a close fight, the odds before the fight reflected this; Canelo was a slight favourite although many doubted the talented Mexican boxer-puncher had the style to beat the extremely awkward Cuban southpaw whose only loss was a disputed one vs Paul Williams.

Well, judge Levi Martinez’s score of 117-111 for Alvarez was way out of line with the other two tallies as the favourite scored the split decision victory at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Both Jerry Roth (115-113 Lara) and Dave Moretti (115-113 Alvarez) had this fight the way the vast majority of media and fans had scored it. The scoring by Mr Martinez certainly needs looking at and according to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal the Nevada State will be doing this.

The fight went as expected as Canelo went after Lara from the first bell, trying to close the distance by aiming hard hooks at the Cuban’s mid section. Lara’s best weapon early, his leg speed, is what kept him out of trouble for spells in the fight but it was inactivity that probably cost him as Canelo was always the aggressor. I had the fight level after six as Lara was picking Canelo off with the straight lefts coming off a jab that seemed to bother Canelo early. From the get-go Canelo was hunting the body, trying to slow Lara down, and that looked to have an effect as in the second half of the fight Canelo got closer as Lara became more interested in moving rather than throwing punches.


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