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The Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara press tour hit New York City on Wednesday to continue to kickoff their July 12 PPV clash in Las Vegas. The fighters faced off for the third day in a row, this time at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Every day things have been getting a little more testy.
Canelo Alvarez: “Lara has talked a lot, [to the fans] you guys asked for the fight, and here it is. What you guys ask from me, I will give you. A lot have asked me, ‘Why did you take this fight?’ I say ‘Why not? I will fight anyone. Style doesn’t matter.’ The reality is that a year ago the fans didn’t really know Lara. Nobody really knew him. But he’s been talking so much that now it’s built up and the fans asked for it so I wanted to give them what they wanted. He disrespected me. But not only me, he disrespected all Mexicans. For him to be saying that he’s going to give me a boxing lesson and he’s going to take me to school…that’s very disrespectful.”
Erislandy Lara: “For the Mexican fans, we have a surprise for you July 12. I came from Cuba where I fought the best. I earned this in the ring, fighting the best in the division, not on a Mexican street corner. July 12 the best man is going to win. I’ve always done my job against the best fighters in the division. I’ve faced a lot of hard punchers so I’m not worried about his power. Canelo knows, just like everyone in the division knows. No one wants to fight me because I’m dangerous and I beat everybody. He took this fight because of the pressure I put on him.”
Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions: “As you know Golden Boy Promotions has the reputation for putting on the best cards ever and we will be putting the biggest names on the card July 12. It’s a treat for the fans that pay their hard-earned money to watch four good fights.
Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, Canelo’s Trainer: “Seeing the fans here, that’s love for Mexico, that’s love for Canelo. Lara keeps talking about the Cuban school of boxing but in Mexico we have universities of boxing.”
Eddy Reynoso, Canelo’s Manager: “Lara is going to be running all night and Canelo is going to be chasing him. At the end of the night everyone knows that we are going to knock him out.”
Stephen Espinoza, Executive VP & General Manager, Showtime Sports: “These are the types of fights that Golden Boy Promotions has become known for and the types of fights that Showtime has become known for. There is no sugarcoating this. This is the best versus the best. Number one versus number two. This fight sells itself.”