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The Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara press tour wrapped up on Friday at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, finalizing the four-city kickoff to their July 12 PPV clash in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez: I just want to say that I am always 100 percent prepared. He [Lara] is a great fighter, a great boxer, a tough fighter, but I have fought against all styles. I have the experience and on July 12 may the best man win.”
Erislandy Lara: On July 12, the fans are going to see Mexico vs. Cuba and history is going to repeat itself. Just like when the underdog at the time, Tito Trinidad defeated Oscar De La Hoya…Puerto Ricans and Cubans are good brothers. On July 12 you will see Erislandy Lara giving the best of himself and I want to tell you that Erislandy Lara will beat Canelo Alvarez just like Trinidad beat Oscar de la Hoya.
Oscar de la Hoya: This fight on July 12 is definitely one of the most difficult challenges that Canelo will face at 154 pounds.
Also on hand were former two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and unbeaten Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas, who meet in the co-feature.
Juan Manuel Lopez: I want to thank God for granting me the opportunity of having a championship fight. I’ve only seen Francisco’s Olympic videos and he’s not someone to overlook. He’s strong, he’s tough and stands up in front of you and fights his heart out. But, I know I can take him.
Francisco Vargas: This is the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico. It’s going to be a tough fight, we are both former Olympians, but I’m going to train very hard and stop JuanMa’s re-emergence as a champion.