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The top two Junior Middleweight boxers in the world will do battle this later this evening (Sat., July 12, 2014) when Mexican superstar "Canelo" Alvarez takes on Cuban standout Erislandy Lara at MGM Grand Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMAmania will deliver LIVE coverage of "Canelo vs. Lara" Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) event, starting with the main card broadcast at 9 p.m. ET.
Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO) recently rebounded from his first career loss at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., demolishing his durable countryman en route to a stoppage win in round 10. For his part, Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) dominated former Alvarez foe Austin Trout, scoring a heavy knockdown in round 11 to punctuate a wide decision win.
The four-fight Showtime PPV main card will also feature the ever-entertaining Juan Manuel Lopez (34-3, 31 KO) as he tries to build on his knockout of Daniel Ponce de Leon against unbeaten Francisco Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KO).
In addition, Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) will try to rebound from his loss at the hands of Jhonny Gonzalez when he faces Jonathan Oquendo (24-3, 16 KO), while the evening will begin with a Junior Welterweight bout between Johan Perez (19-1-1, 13 KO) and Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KO), who was last seen arguably defeating division king Danny Garcia before losing a majority decision.
"CANELO VS. LARA" QUICK RESULTS:
Junior Middleweight: Saul Alvarez def. Erislandy Lara by split decision (113-115, 115-113, 117-111)
Featherweight: Abner Mares def. Jonathan Oquendo by unanimous decision (96-94, 98-92 x2)
Super Featherweight: Francisco Vargas def. Juan Manuel Lopez by TKO (corner stoppage) at 3:00 of Round Three
Junior Welterweight: Mauricio Herrera def. Johan Perez by majority decision (114-114, 116-112 x2)
"CANELO VS. LARA" PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
Saul Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara
Round one: Jabbing early. Good left hand by Lara. Canelo on the front foot, trying to get him to the ropes. One minute in. Lara body shot blocked. Canelo with a glancing body shot. Lara moving well. Left to the body by the Cuban. Canelo with a body shot of his own. One minute in. 2-1 from Lara connects. Another combination lands for him. Left hook from Canelo is blocked. 1-2 from Lara bounces off the guard. Round ends, 10-9 Lara.
Round two: Alvarez still moving forward, takes a jab and left downstairs. Canelo lands a straight and Lara nearly loses his balance. Another straight connects. Big 1-2 from the Cuban. One minute in. Canelo body shot, Lara combo blocked. Another left hook downstairs. Clinch. Canelo pops the body once again. One minute to go. Lara 1-2, Canelo lifts him when he drapes himself over Canelo's shoulder. Quick left by Lara. Good lead straight connects. Canelo to the body. Closer round, 19-19.
Round three: Lara misses a straight, Canelo whiffs on an uppercut. Lara 1-2 blocked. Canelo with a left downstairs. One minute in. Lara lands a pair of rights after quite a bit of circling. Canelo body shot. One minute to go. Good right hand form Lara. Good straights, left and right both hit home. Once again. Lara with his hands down at the bell. 29-28 Lara.
Round four: Canelo lands a three-punch combo as Lara circles out. Powerful body shot lands. Canelo highly aggressive here and lands another body shot on the ropes. Clinch. Good body blows. 1-2 by Lara connects. Right to the body by Canelo. One minute in. Clinch. Hard left straight by Lara. Canelo again goes to the body. One minute to go. Clinch. Lara circling near the ropes, avoiding trouble. Lara circles clear of a combo. Round ends, 38-38.
Round five: Powerful right hook by Lara as Canelo pursues. Canelo struggling to cut off the ring. Lara left hand lands. Body shot sequence by Canelo. Again. One minute in. 1-2 from Lara connects. Left downstairs and another by Canelo; Lara complains to the ref about it being low, but it looked fine. Canelo blocking straights, lands more body blows. One minute to go. 2-1 from Lara scores. Lara on his bicycle for the last minute. 48-47 Alvarez.
Round six: Lara continuing to move well, eats a left hook to the body. 1-2 from Canelo. Body shots inside. Clinch. One minute in. Lara cracks him with a 1-1-2. Canelo body blow. Left straight blocked, Canelo hits the body. One minute to go. 1-2 lands for the Cuban, Canelo goes to the body again. Good right by Lara, Canelo digs to the body inside. Round ends. 58-56 Alvarez.
Round seven: 1-2 by Lara lands. Clinch. 2-1 this time. Canelo narrowly misses with a left hook. Lara straight lands. Canelo combination to the body. Minute in. Lara combo, Canelo tags the body in response. Left hook downstairs connects. One minute to go. 1-2 from Lara, who is cut over his right eye. Body shot lands by Canelo. Canelo with a right downstairs. More to the body. Closer round, 67-66 Alvarez.
Round eight: Back to the stalking and circling. 1-2 from Lara. Canelo lands a 1-2. One minute in. Canelo with a right to the body. Lara with a left upstairs, Canelo to the body. Right hook lands for Lara. Canelo to the body with the left hook. Good combination, capped off with a right upstairs. Straight to the gut. One minute to go. Clinch. 2-1 glances off for Lara. Round ends with Lara circling. 77-75 Alvarez.
Round nine: Powerful left hook downstairs from Alvarez. 1-2 blocked, Lara lands a sweeping left hook. Straight connects, Canelo slams home another body shot. One minute in. Canelo with a left hook upstairs. Canelo digs to the body after the two clash heads in the clinch. Lara with a 1-2. Clinch, more bodywork from the Mexican. Yet more damage against the ropes. One minute to go. Lara eats a pair of left hooks to the body; he is noticeably slower to circle away. Good right hand, though. Lara slips in the corner, much to the crowd's enjoyment. Lara with a 2-1 at the bell. 87-84 Alvarez.
Round ten: Lara pops him with a jab. Lara lands a left to the body, Canelo meets it with a right. GOod combo up top by Lara, who then avoids a series of haymakers. 1-2 by Lara. Clinch. Left downstairs from Canelo. Nice 1-2-1 snaps Canelo's head back. Alvarez digs away when Lara gets close. Body shot, clinch. 1-2 from Lara. Canelo to the body with the left. Good lead left uppercut to the head. Two more body shots. Round ends. 96-94 Alvarez.
Round eleven: Lara looks a lot fresher than he did two rounds ago and is circling well. Uppercut to the body by Canelo. Clinch. One minute in. Nice lead left by Lara. Clinch, Canelo hits him on the break to the body. More bodywork, Lara fires off some straight shots to the head. Right hooks from Lara. One minute to go. Lara lands a left straight, eats a right from Canelo soon after. 1-1-2 connects for Lara. Canelo lands a body shot before the bell. 105-104 Alvarez.
Round twelve: Canelo aggressive early, Lara doing well off his back foot. Powerful body blows from Canelo. 1-2-1 by Lara lands clean. Canelo to the body near the ropes. One minute in. Canelo with another powerful left downstairs. Lara misses with a 1-2-1, eats a left hook. Stiff jab lands, Lara firing off straight shots as Canelo advances. 1-2 lands for Lara. Canelo body shot. Clinch. One minute left. Lara connects on another left straight, eats a left hook downstairs. Canelo right hand strays low. Canelo with a left uppercut to the body, Lara lands a 1-2 at the bell. 114-114.
Final result: Alvarez def. Lara by split decision
Abner Mares vs. Jonathan Oquendo
Round one: Oquendo aggressive eraly. Mares lands an overhand right inside, eats a left hook. Clinch. Good shots inside by Mares. Clinch. One minute in. Another clinch, both men smack the body inside. Mares jabs the body. Nice right hand by Oquendo. Clinch. Body shot, right upstairs by Oquendo. One minute to go. Left hook lands after avoiding a 1-2. Mares with a right downstairs. Clinch. Another right downstairs. Mares lands a right upstairs. Clinch. Right to the body. Clinch. 10-9 Mares.
Round two: Oquendo pursues with right hands, lands a left hook and gets clinched. Combo falls short. Mares left hook. Clinch, Mares smacks a couple rights to the body. Left hook by Oquendo. One minute in. Body shot, clinch. Lead right hand lands for Mares. Clinch. Right downstairs from Mares, both men chisel away inside. One minute to go. Clinch. Mares combination inside, Oquendo overhand. Clinch, more bodywork by Mares. Oquendo lands some hard body shots after eating a 1-2. Bell, 20-18 Mares.
Round three: Clinch right away. Mares overhand, Oquendo body shot, Mares retaliates to the guts and they clinch. Clinch, Oquendo digs to the body. Oquendo continues pursuing, gets tied up again. One minute in. Left hook upstairs, right to the body by Mares. Oquendo digging at the beltline inside. Mares ducks a 1-2 and clinches. One minute to go. Clinch. Nice straight left by Oquendo, Mares clinches and whacks away inside. More bodywork by Mares. Clinch, Oquendo slams home some left uppercuts as they tie up. Oquendo to the body inside. Mares with a right downstairs. Oquendo connects with a lead right before the bell. 30-27 Mares.
Round four: Nice counter left hook by Oquendo. Clinch. Another left hook and some rights to the body when Mares ties up. Both buffeting each other inside. Phone booth slugging continues. One minute in. Mares with a nice combination, punctuated by a pair of body shots. Oquendo with a pair of uppercuts after taking body shots. Two heavy liver shots make Mares retreat. Mares avoids two punches and lands a left hook. Mares cut over his left eye, referee indicates it's from a punch. Doctor (who looks like Tommy Lee Jones) says it's fine and they continue. More slugging when they restart. One minute to go and Oquendo whacks him with two more big shots. Clinch. Mares with some good body shots inside. Clinch. Counter right hand from Oquendo. Mares ties up and digs inside at the bell. 39-37 Mares.
Round five: Oquendo in pursuit right away. Clinch. Oquendo left hook. Mares snaps his head back with jabs. One minute in. Good 1-2 by Abner. Oquendo lands a stiff jab. Clinch. Clinch again. Another one, this time with some head contact. Body shots from both, left hook upstairs by Oquendo. Both dig inside. 45 seconds to go. Mares with a solid combination. Left hook lands. Body shot, clinch. Mares ends the round whacking him in the clinch with rights. 49-46 Mares.
Round six: They exchange in center ring; Mares with more volume and cleaner punches. Mares landing well to the body. Clinch. One minute in. Mares clubs him in close once again. Nice left uppercut. Left hook downstairs, Hard right to the body, clinch. Oquendo's volume isn't there right now. Mares circles for a while, takes a right cross. One minute to go. Mares digs to the body, eats a left hook afterwards. Right downstairs. Clinch. Oquendo left hook, Mares right. Oquendo right, Mares with some short body blows. Oquendo tags the body before the bell. 59-55 Mares.
Round seven: Clinch, more short shots by Mares. clinch again. Nice left uppercut as he bullies Oquendo into the ropes. Mares landing quick combinations, Oquendo landing the occasional power shot but with no consistency. Once minute in. Nice overhand right and left hook. Body shot, left hook. Oquendo right downstairs. Left hook upstairs. Mares to the body, Oquendo uppercut. Right hand from Oquendo. One minute to go. Clinch. Mares with a short left hand, Mares clinches. Clinch again. Big left hook by Mares after taking a right. Rapid exchange against the ropes. both landing cleanly before the bell. 69-64 Mares.
Round eight: Clinch right away. Mares left hook, Oquendo to the body entering and exiting the clinch. Mares clinches, Oquendo prods the body. Mares combination, clinches when Oquendo fires back. One minute in. Oquendo left hook connects. Clinch again. Clinch again. Can we have one Abner Mares fight where he doesn't abuse the rules? More clinching; admittedly, Mares is pretty active in the clinch, tagging the body. One minute to go. Nice exchange inside, Mares clinches. Aaaaand again. Lead righ tby Oquendo, Mares moves him to the ropes and throws in combination. Oquendo swings and misses, Mares slams home a body shot and overhand before the bell. After clinching, of course. 79-73 Mares.
Round nine: Oquendo steps in with punches and they exchange, Oquendo landing a right as they separate. Left hook up top, Mares attacks the body. One minute in. Close-range exchange. Mares with some short body blows when they tie up. Oquendo to the body, Abner up top with the left hook. Mares with an overhand as he comes in, followed by chiseling work from both in the clinch. One minute to go. Mares overhand, clinch. Mares again with a combination to the head and body. Clinch. Powerful straight connects. Clinch. Left hook lands, overhand right does as well. Mares right cross ends the round. 89-82 Mares.
Round ten: Oquendo moving forward, gets clinched after falling short with punches. Oquendo to the body. Clinch by Mares. Body shots land for Oquendo. Clinch. One minute in. Clinch. Double left hook by Mares, they trade at close range. Oquendo right on the exit. Clinch. Clinch. Oquendo right, clinch. Mares lands a lead right and left hook. Clinch. Exchange near the ropes, Mares comes out on top. One minute in. Clinch. Clinch. Clinch. Oquendo right hand, both connect inside. More phone booth exchanges. Mares lands an overhand right. Bell. 99-91 Mares.
Final result: Mares def. Oquendo by unanimous decision
Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Francisco Vargas
Round one: Neither fighter committing in the early going. One minute in, no clean connections yet. Ninety seconds in, no change. Vargas lands a right to the body. Juanma with a left straight downstairs. One minute to go. They mug inside in center ring. Juanma avoids a straight. Both men land their lead hooks as they trade. Bell, 10-9 Vargas.
Round two: Vargas connects with a good left hook. Both fall short with combinations. No clean connections near the ropes. One minute in. Beautiful combination against the ropes by Vargas, clean power punches landing to the body and head. Juanma clinches. One minute to go. 1-2 by Vargas near the ropes. 1-2-3 from Juanma. Vargas right hand. They exchange inside. Lopez lands a straight. Vargas digs to the body. Right hand upstairs. Round ends. 20-18 Vargas.
Round three: Lopez lands a southpaw 1-2. Vargas connects with a left hook inside as they exchange. Right to the body lands. Lopez sneaks a straight through Vargas' guard, Vargas answers with a left. Vargas moves him to the ropes and lands some powerful shots upstairs. Lopez retaliating. The exchange continues, Vargas getting the better of it slightly. Heavy power shots landing for both men. One minute to go. Absolute slugfest going down. Vargas is landing cleaner and rocks Juanma with an uppercut and right straight. Lopez gets cracked with a right straight and falls to a knee. He makes the count and Vargas tries to capitalize. He runs out of time, but Lopez slumps into the ropes at the bell and doesn't look good. Great round, 30-26 Vargas.
Lopez's corner agrees and stops the fight. Big win for Vargas.
Final result: Vargas def. Lopez by TKO (corner stoppage)
Johan Perez vs. Mauricio Herrera
Round one: Herrera moving forward, pumping his jab. Vargas retaliating in kind. Herrera tries a leaping left hook, falls short. Nice overhand right by Herrera near the corner a minute in. Perez tries a 3-2. Brief clinch. Herrera jabbing the body, eats an uppercut to the gut. Stiff jab snaps Perez's head back. Perez stumbles, off-balance. One minute to go. Nice left hook from Herrera. Perez doubles up the 1-2, gets clinched without making clean contact. Clinch. Good close shots by Herrera, Perez whacks him with a left hook on the exit. Clinch at the bell. 10-9 Herrera.
Round two: Perez active with his jab early. Herrera lands an overhand, takes a cross up top. One minute in. Herrera doing well with his jab. Clinch after a Perez 1-2. Herrera 1-2, clinch. Uppercut nearly splits Herrera's guard. Perez lands a good body shot and a 1-2. Clinch. Herrera with a pair of counter shots that land clean. One minute to go. Clinch. Perez body shot. Nice combination to the head. Herrera gets popped with a jab coming in. Clinch; both men do good work inside. Clinch before the bell. 19-19.
Round three: Herrera moving forward once again. Clinches near the ropes. Perez steps in, Herrera ducks a straight and clinches. Body shots by Herrera before the exit. Perez cracks him with a pair of rights. One minute in. 1-2-3 from the Venezuelan. He's doing a good job catching Herrera coming in. Herrera lands a combination to the body. One minute to go. Chiseling shots in the clinch by Herrera. 1-1-2 by Perez hits home. Clinch in the corner, short punches. Nice left hook by Perez as Herrera tries to dig to the body. Short uppercut met by a Herrera body shot. Combination bounces off Herrera's guard. 29-28 Perez.
Round four: Herrera mugging near the ropes, gets clinched. Perez connects with a 1-2. Herrera ducks a right and clinches. Perez using the left to keep Herrera at bay. Body shots by Herrera, clinch. One minute in. Herrera moves Perez to the ropes, both men connect as they move. Clinch. 1-2 by Perez. 3-2 glances off. Stiff jab by Mauricio with a minute to go. Perez combination, Herrera responds with a hard 1-2. Another 1-2 and a heavy cross as he works Perez on the ropes. Perez still firing his left hand as Herrera approaches. Herrera with a good jab after taking a left upstairs. Round ends, 38-38.
Round five: Nice exchange in center ring. Perez tries to get him to the ropes, clinch. Perez combinations on Herrera near the ropes, nothing lands too clean. Perez aggressive but unable to catch Herrera well. One minute in. Herrera content to have his back to the ropes. 1-1-2 by Herrera glances off. The next one works. 1-2-3 from Perez. Perez coming very close with power punches but has yet to land clean. One minute to go. Herrera comes off the ropes with punches and they clinch. Good combination to the head. Perez tries a 1-2-3, eats a combination himself. Herrera ends the round with a good hook and overhand right from inside. 48-47 Herrera.
Round six: Perez starts the round aggressively; Herrera's defense on point so far. Herrera moves him to the ropes, they clinch. Good mugging shots by Herrera. Perez whacks him with a left hook as Herrera moves him to the ropes. One minute in. They trade hooks against the ropes. Perez reverses and both land power shots upstairs. Perez with a sequence of powerful body shots, Herrera waves him on and cracks him with three punches to the head. Clinches. One minute to go. Perez moves him to the ropes, Herrera deftly avoids his punches. Herrera reverses position, only for Perez to punch his way out and reverse again. Perez winging hooks to the head and body. They trade against the ropes until the bell. 57-57.
Round seven: Perez tries a sequence of jabs, can't connect. Herrera jabs the body and head. Clinch. Perez with a pair of counters. Perez moves him to the ropes, lands a body shot and gets clinched. One minute in. Herrera still on the ropes, deflects a 1-2 but eats a liver shot. Herrera cracks him with a counter, Perez continues throwing. Back to center ring. Herrera with a long right hand and body shot. Clinch. Herrera with a few body shots, Perez batters him high and low in response. One minute to go. Herrera responds in kind and moves Perez to the ropes himself. Nice shots by Herrera. Perez looking to retaliate, not landing as cleanly. Clinch. Herrera whacks him with a clean 1-2 before the bell. 67-66 Herrera.
Round eight: Herrera moves him back to the ropes, Perez gets away quickly and clinches. Perez with a stiff jab, Herrera hits him with a left hook. Back to the ropes. Clinch. One minute in. Perez with a right straight on the exit. Another hard cross connects. Clinch. Clinch. Perez takes him to the ropes and starts firing away. Herrera lands a clean right hand. Heavy right hand briefly buckles Perez. One minute in; both mean throwing aggressively and connecting to the body and head. Both eating punches but Herrera is landing very cleanly and more often. Clinch. To the body this time. Round ends with an exchange. 77-75 Herrera.
Round nine: Perez throwing right away, takes a right hand. Clinch. Perez moves him to the ropes and tries to buffet him with shots. A few get through. Perez right cross, Herrera right to the body. Herrera tagging the body despite being against the ropes. One minute in. Perez rips to the body with a left. Short uppercut lands for Mauricio. Herrera doing well off the ropes, still eating the occasional shot. Herrera landing regularly to the body and head and backs him off with a left downstairs. Perez retreats to the ropes and continues taking punches from Herrera. Clinch. One minute to go. Herrera with a powerful right downstairs then a pair of straights up top. Clinch. 1-2; Herrera landing with impressive regularity. They end the round trading with Perez against the ropes. 87-84 Herrera.
Round ten: Both men happy to keep throwing and again Herrera's the one connecting cleanly. They trade position on the ropes. Body shots as they move to center ring. Perez with a combination. One minute in. Clinch. Herrera 1-1-2, clinch. Perez moves him to the ropes, takes some body shots and a left up top. Perez lands clean with a cross and left hook. Once again both mean are landing effectively. Herrera backs him off with a left hook and they clinch. Herrera to the body, then they exchange at close range. Less than a minute to go. Perez takes him to the ropes again, Herrera with a long combination that gets him distance. Herrera body shot, Perez right straight. More slugging near the ropes until the bell. 96-94 Herrera.
Round eleven: Herrera on the front foot this time. Herrera with some short punches. Clinch. Another clinch, Herrera with some chiseling shots. Right up top by Herrera. Clinch. One minute in. Herrera doubles up the left hook on the exit. Right hand upstairs. Perez with a strong cross. Clinch, more short work from Herrera. Left hook upstairs. Right hand by Perez, clinch. More clinching, Herrera the more active when they tie up. One minute in. Perez cracks him with a good liver shot. Another. Perez backing him off now from southpaw, landing the left hook downstairs. Lead right by Mauricio. Perez moves in and pushes him to the corner. Perez tries to unload, Mauricio backs him off and whacks him with a pair of rights in the corner. 106-103 Herrera.
Round twelve: Herrera in pursuit. Straight left upstairs at the end of a three-punch combo. Perez liver shot. Herrera with a combo upstairs. Good 1-2-3 from Herrera. Lead right connects. Another lead right, Perez digs to the body and takes a left hook. One minute in. Another lead right by Herrera after the clinch. Clinching continues. Herrera lead right, another clinch. Both land short shots inside. More close=range exchanges in center ring, favoring Herrera. One minute to go. Perez lands a pair of heavy crosses. Clinch. Body work in the clinch from Herrera, Perez whacks him upstairs. Powerful straight catches Perez in the jaw. Perez digging inside. Herrera moves Perez to the ropes and they trade power punches until the end. 116-112 Herrera.
Final result: Herrera def. Perez by majority decision