As we expected, WBA super welterweight titleholder Erislandy Lara was pulled out of his scheduled May 2 fight against Ishe Smith. Instead he will face Canelo Alvarez on July 12. Lara’s WBA “regular” title (formerly held by Canelo) will not be on the line as Canelo considers Floyd Mayweather, whom he lost his title to, to be the real WBA champion.
Via social media:
Canelo Alvarez: Ready! July 12, 2014 – CANELO VS LARA. We are going to give you what you want.
Erislandy Lara: @Laraboxing vs @caneloOficial July 12! We will find out what the kid’s got. This one is for my fans!!
Oscar de la Hoya: Canelo vs Lara July 12 are you ready? @GoldenBoyBoxing stacked undercard. Who would you like to see on the undercard?
Leonard Ellerbe: Lara vs Smith is off. Ishe vs TBD on May 2. More details to follow, stay tuned!