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Canelo Alvarez rips Erislandy Lara for running from contact

Canelo Alvarez Erislandy Lara

Canelo Alvarez beat Erislandy Lara by split decision on Saturday night in Las Vegas and is in no hurry to schedule a rematch.

After his win, Canelo ripped Lara for running instead of engaging during their fight.

“I came to fight. You don’t win by running a marathon. You win by punching and connecting,” Alvarez said in his post-fight interview. “He has a great jab, but you don’t win a fight that way. I want to leave fans satisfied. This wasn’t the fight I expected. I wanted a toe-to-toe fight. He began to run more after he was cut. He didn’t come to fight, he came to run. He’s a great boxer, I respect him. But he has to throw more punches.

Canelo also dropped this bomb on Lara.

“When he learns how to fight, I’ll give him a rematch.”

Lara felt much, much differently about the way the fight went. He thought he won it.

“100 percent (I won). I fought my fight, and I know I won. I was controlling the rounds, and I made him look bad in front of his fans … Nothing changes, I still dont have respect for him, I want a rematch. I’m 100 percent sure that I can fight the same way and beat him again.”

Erislandy Lara jabs Canelo Alvarez with boxing meme

Erislandy Lara Canelo Alvarez

Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez just formally agreed to fight each other, and Lara is wasting no time trying to get inside Canelo’s head.

Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs), who is from Cuba, sent out this funny meme photo showing his plans to take Canelo to school when they meet on July 12.

Gotta love the touch on the photo with cute Canelo sitting in the front row and having an apple on his desk. Just a typical teacher’s pet.

Lara beat Austin Trout and Alfredo Angulo his last two times out. Incidentally, Canelo’s last two wins are over the same opponents (though he did get dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in between). It was only natural that these two would meet.

Unfortunately for Lara, my early lean is towards Canelo in this fight.

Canelo Alvarez beats Alfred Angulo with vicious uppercut (GIF)

Canelo Alvarez uppercutHas Canelo Alvarez been studying tape of a young Mike Tyson? Because sheesh, the man just UNLOADED a vicious uppercut straight to the face of Alfred Angulo during the 10th round of their fight on Saturday night.

Canelo was cruising in the fight and inflicting a lot of punishment on his opponent, so it wasn’t too surprising to see the fight called by the referee. But it was somewhat surprising that the fight was stopped at that moment when it looked like Angulo could continue. He was clearly upset that Tony Weeks stopped the fight:

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Canelo Alvarez’s team screwed him for the Floyd Mayweather fight

Floyd Mayweather Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez is fighting on Saturday night for the first time since suffering his lone career defeat, a majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September.

Though Alvarez probably does not regret taking the fight thanks to the $5 million he earned (at minimum), he was totally outclassed in the bout and did suffer some professional embarrassment. Now it sounds like his team is partly to blame for setting up him with such a bad gameplan for a tough match-up.

The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire wrote on Friday that Canelo’s team expected Floyd to engage in more toe-to-toe combat. Apparently they missed the 45-0 boxer’s previous 45 fights.

From Pugmire:

Alvarez co-trainer Eddy Reynoso said Team Alvarez believed Mayweather would be more willing to engage in toe-to-toe fighting like he did against Miguel Cotto, allowing Alvarez to find an opening for a damaging succession of punches.

“Floyd stepped toe-to-toe with Saul three times, felt his punch and never did it again,” Reynoso said. “Floyd did what Floyd does — move around, stick a jab, pull a ‘W.’ The only thing Saul lacked is experience.

Uhhh this strikes me as a little incomprehensible. How can you know anything about Floyd Mayweather and not know that the guy likes to avoid being hit and just pick his opponents apart? The only time he really engaged the way they’re describing was in his win over Miguel Cotto, but that was mostly because Cotto forced that.

Did they think Floyd would stand and punch in an effort to excite the fans? Floyd might do that here or there, but not consistently. You don’t get to 45-0 without being protective of your legacy every time you’re in the ring.

What a bunch of fools.

Canelo Alvarez confirms he lost badly to Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez’s comments following his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. over the weekend further cement the notion that he was totally outclassed in the fight. Canelo (42-1-1, 30 KOs) recognized that he was unable to catch Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), which is what anyone who watched the fight saw. Everyone except boxing judge CJ Ross, who inexplicably scored it a draw.

“He’s very elusive, he’s a great fighter and that’s why I couldn’t catch him,” Canelo said after the fight. “I didn’t know how to get him. It’s as simple as that. He’s very elusive. He’s a great fighter.

“The frustration was getting in there. But simply he’s a great fighter. I didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to leave here with a loss. But it happens and it hurts.”

It was clear watching that fight that Alvarez couldn’t touch Floyd. Mayweather was too quick and elusive for him. I seriously question whether Alvarez hurt Floyd even once during the entire bout. Did Alvarez land more than 20 good punches the entire fight? The punch stats said he landed 117 total punches, which is less than 10 per round. He didn’t do any damage to Floyd. This was one of Mayweather’s best, most one-sided performances in years. Yet somehow one judge thought it was even. How could the fight be even when one guy admits he couldn’t catch the other one?

So why did Mayweather have such an easy time with Alvarez?

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CJ Ross scored Mayweather-Alvarez a draw, also had Bradley over Pacquiao

CJ Ross boxing judgeBoxing judge CJ Ross is responsible for two of the most embarrassing, unjustifiable boxing scores of our time.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. thoroughly dominated Canelo Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas and won by majority decision. Floyd won the fight easily, but didn’t receive a unanimous decision. Why? Because Ross scored it 114-114. Yes, Ross scored it 6 rounds to 6. A draw. She thought Mayweather and Alvarez had an even fight, even though Floyd landed about 115 more punches and was hardly touched.

Ross also scored the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight 115-113 (7 rounds to 5) in favor of Bradley to help him win a split decision last year.

[Related: Even Timothy Bradley wasn't sure he won the fight]

Boxrec.com has a history of Ross’ controversial decisions. This is the sixth time since 2011 that she has scored a fight controversially, meaning she either scored it drastically differently from the other two judges, or gave more points to someone most felt did not deserve it.

Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 116-112 for Mayweather Jr., while Craig Metcalfe had it 117-111.

Below is a look at all three judges’ scorecards for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight. Ross’ is on the right and blown up below:

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Canelo Alvarez’s girlfriend is not Marisol Gonzalez, might be Cynthia Rodriguez

Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez, in case you didn’t know, has a HUGE fan base and is very popular with the ladies. The Mexican fighter is often linked to some of the most well-known women in the country. Many articles published lately have said that his girlfriend Marisol Gonzalez, but those articles are incorrect; Canelo and Gonzalez are no longer together. More recently, reports out of Mexico have said that Alvarez is dating actress Cynthia Rodriguez.

Canelo and Gonzalez were first linked by Mexican outlet TV Notas in June. TV Notas said that Canelo is usually chased by women, but in this case it was him who initiated. Alvarez is only 22, while Rodriguez is 29, so he was going after an older woman.

Last month, TV Notas reported that both Canelo and Rodriguez denied the relationship. Alvarez denied it with a funny quote.

“Este romance es tan secreto que ni yo mismo lo sé, sólo he visto 2 veces en mi vida a Cynthia y eso por cuestiones de trabajo, pero jamás he salido con ella como pareja”.

Alvarez essentially said that the relationship was such a secret, even he didn’t know about it.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, denied the report via her Twitter account.

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