Erislandy Lara was pugnacious at press conferences before and after the biggest showdown of his career on Saturday night, but between the ropes, where it matters, he proved to be little more than a paper tiger when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez outpointed him at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, before a crowd of 14,239. After 12 uneventful rounds, Alvarez earned a split decision by a 115-113, 113-115, and an absurd 117-111. Remezcla scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Alvarez.
It was a dull fight that hardly merited weeks of cynical Showtime infomercials designed to gouge its subscribers into purchasing extracurricular programming. In the end, pay-per-view consumers got 12 undistinguished rounds in exchange for $50-$60 on their cable bill and enough hype to induce sensory overload. According to statistics released by Showtime, the two men landed a total of 214 punches between them over 12 rounds. That works out to about 17 punches landed per round combined! Read “A Whole Lot of Nada: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Squeaks By Erislandy Lara” on REMEZCLA.