Las Vegas, Nevada – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will indeed be having a happy birthday. After being thoroughly outboxed for 12 rounds by Cuban standout Erislandy Lara, Canelo was awarded a ludicrous split decision victory. Brain dead judge Levi Martinez somehow scored the bout 117-111 in Canelo’s favor. Martinez must have been paid more tonight than the other judges to have come up with that garbage.
Lara clearly outboxed Canelo in the early rounds of the fight. Consistently making Canelo miss wildly. Canelo to his credit rallied back in the middle half of the fight and landed some good shots to the body as well as a nice uppercut that opened a cut above Lara’s right eye.
However, Lara came back on strong in the late rounds of the fight only to be robbed on the scorecards.
All the talk during the buildup to this fight was around Canelo’s courage for taking on such big risks. Clearly he was never in any risk. This decision was bought and paid for long before tonight. Boxing fans deserve better than this. Lara deserved better than this.