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Team Canelo will consider Erislandy Lara for July return

Canelo Alvarez plans to get back into the ring in July, and his manager says that he will consider fighting Erislandy Lara.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Canelo Alvarez's trainer and manager Chepo Reynoso says that he'll meet in the next few weeks with Golden Boy representatives to try and finalize the 23-year-old's return to the ring, tentatively scheduled for July 26, and that Erislandy Lara's name will be part of the discussion.

"[Lara] is an option too. What he did [by challenging Canelo] is not a big problem. He did his job, because he knows that he can generate a lot of money by facing Canelo. In general, super welterweight is difficult [to find good opponents]. We are not yet ready to move up to middleweight. Canelo does well at 154 or 155 pounds, but perhaps we'll look for people who want to fight at an agreed weight. We know that Saul is ready to fight with the best in the world and we have to continue working. Sometimes there aren't a lot of opponents, but sometimes there are many."

Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO) dominated and stopped Alfredo Angulo on March 8 in his first pay-per-view fight as an A-side of the billing, bouncing back very nicely from his first career defeat to Floyd Mayweather on September 14 of last year.

Of the available options at 154 pounds, Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) may not only be the biggest threat, but the only really notable fight. Carlos Molina, who holds the IBF title, has a lot of problems that are going to keep him out of the ring for the time being, and WBO titlist Demetrius Andrade probably has even less name value than Lara.

Past that, the Charlo twins are Al Haymon fighters, but neither of them are going to be thrown in with Canelo at this point, and then you're getting into, what, Anthony Mundine?

Canelo proved in 2013 he's willing to take risks by fighting both Austin Trout and Mayweather. One roadblock might be Lara looking to have a May 2 fight against Ishe Smith coming up. Most likely, he'd leave that fight not taking much damage and be available for a money bout with Canelo at the end of July, but you just never know -- cuts happen, other injuries happen, upsets happen.

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