Monday, July 14, 2014
Canelo Gets Past Lara: Who's Next?
Lara Ran Away From Victory
I thought the only real chance Canelo had to win the fight was by knockout. What I didn't realize was that Canelo would be the hometown favorite and that he really only had to keep it close. If Canelo did as much as Maidana did against Floyd he would get the decision. In fact he didn't get to Lara nearly as often as Maidana did Mayweather, but where Mayweather threw shots in retaliation he was still throwing. When Lara wasn't outpointing Canelo he was running for his life. Ali was the best ever at moving around the ring, and fighters were in as much danger when he was moving as they were when he planted to throw. Lara was no danger to Canelo as he hit him and ran. I cannot blame the judges for not rewarding him for running. He did more of that than he did boxing. So although he did throw and land the cleaner more effective punches; he didn't do it in a way that looked like he wanted to win. Canelo won the fight and he deserved the win. He actually hit the moving Lara more than I expected.
De La Hoya Talks Possible Golovkin Bout for Canelo
I think the most realistic fights for Canelo are Cotto or Golovkin. They might want to go after Cotto. His recent victory came over a broken version of Sergio Martinez. He might be the most suspect of the two. Golovkin needs a fight with Canelo or Cotto. Chavez Jr needs a fight with one of the three, (Canelo, Golovkin, or Cotto) but it wouldn't hurt him to take a fight with Lara to prove himself. The other three need to fight. The odd man out could take on Chavez Jr or even Lara. The best fighters in the division are all at the top and they need to fight each other.