Erislandy Lara Interview: "When I beat Martirosyan, Canelo Alvarez will have to step up!"

Erislandy Lara Interview: "When I beat Martirosyan, Canelo Alvarez will have to step up!"
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Nov 08, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank)

Erislandy Lara
Coming up this Saturday night, at the Wynn Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada, two warriors will collide in the WBC light middleweight title eliminator, as the once beaten, hard hitting Erislandy Lara 17-1-1 (11) goes head to head against the undefeated Vanes Martirosyan 32-0 (20), live on HBO 9:45 ET/PT. There has been some bad blood between the two combatants, but the talking will cease and the leather will fly, in what Lara demands will be a beating, when he squares off against Martirosyan. In this exclusive interview, Lara speaks out on his upcoming fight, his future, and more, enjoy.

Benny Henderson Jr.: We are a few days away from your highly anticipated fight with Vanes Martirosyan.  Can you tell the fans how this last week of preparation is going?

All the hard work is done and it’s time to show the everyone who the best light middleweight in the world is.

Benny: You and Vanes seem to have some bad blood brewing with the war of words on twitter.  Do you think the emotion leading up to this fight will play out on Saturday?

I’m coming to put a beating on Vanes this Saturday.  He’s been talking a lot and now it’s time to put his mouth to rest.  He will not be able to escape the attack I’m about to put on him.  He’s in for a rude awakening.

Benny: You guys are fighting in an elimination bout to face WBC champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. What can you tell us about that situation?

When I beat Martirosyan, Canelo will have to step up and finally fight a full fledge light middleweight.  If he doesn’t honor his mandatory then the media should look at him as a fraud.

Benny: Your promoter Golden Boy, is not the lead promoter in this fight, do you think you’ll get a fair shake being that rival Top Rank is in charge of this promotion?

I’m not worried about the judging in this fight.  I’m coming to dominate Vanes and the millions watching on TV will see who the elite fighter is in this division.

Benny: Any last words you want to say to the fans?

I want to thank all my fans who’ve supported my quest to fight for a world title.  I’ve earned my No. 1 ranking the hard way by fighting the best competition in the division.  Vanes is ranked No. 2 so we should be applauded for fighting each other when all these so called champions are and picking their opponents. Please follow me on twitter @laraboxing . Thank you.

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