IT would have been easy to feel sympathetic towards Ramon Alvarez after he was battered into a second-round defeat by Erislandy Lara in a contest for the vacant yet spurious WBA ‘regular’ super-welterweight strap. Alvarez cut a sad sight, having been so woefully outclassed. But the older brother of Canelo deserves more scorn than pity. Perhaps some can forgive the woeful performance inside the ring but his lack of discipline outside of it is harder to justify. Coming in at 4.6lbs over the contracted 154lb limit was poor form from a Mexican who has been a professional for over 11 years now. To so badly miscalculate the weight, and then blame his nutritionist, makes one speculate what his intentions were all along.
Enough about Alvarez. The night belonged to Lara who was in magnificent condition and performed accordingly. The Cuban had planned to make a statement but admitted afterward he never expected it to be so easy.
It is remarkable that Lara has been able to adjust his style from being a slick southpaw to a man, now nearing the end of his career, more than willing to slug it out. After years of being a boring but effective operator, 36-year-old Lara has become fan friendly.