Canelo Alvarez has a set date in March, where he's likely to headline on Showtime pay-per-view, and he's already got one guy calling him out for that fight. Erislandy Lara says he wants Canelo next after dominating Austin Trout last night on Showtime.
"I did what Canelo couldn't do," Lara told Showtime's Jim Gray through an interpreter. "I dominated Trout and I dropped him. Now we have to make a fight that everyone wants to see which is me against Canelo."
Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) is a dangerous bet for Alvarez (41-1-1, 30 KO), who is coming off of his first loss to Floyd Mayweather in September. The 23-year-old Mexican star beat Trout in April of this year, but though he also put Trout on the canvas, it was a far more competitive bout than last night's, which was pretty much all Lara.
The danger in a Canelo-Lara matchup may be what keeps it from happening, particularly given that Lara doesn't have much box office appeal. He's a very good fighter, but not that well-known, and marketing-wise, he has very limited upside. A gut feeling is that a lot of boxing fans would pick Lara to handle Canelo, and not in too exciting a fashion. Simply put, it's an incredibly risky proposition with Alvarez being positioned to get some of his shine back, hopefully, after the Mayweather loss.