Erislandy Lara is waiting for a name and a date. The former junior middleweight champion reiterated his desire to campaign at 160 pounds and face the best in that division, after having easily beaten his most recent rivals.
Lara's last fight took place in May of 2021, when he brutally knocked out Cornflake LaManna in one round.
His goal is to fight in May, but these days he is training at Professor Pedro Roque's gym in Miami.
Despite the time that has passed since their encounter in 2014, Lara firmly believes that he can still be a threat, the greatest in his own words, to Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
“I feel good, thank God, in tremendous condition. They told me that I would fight again on May 7. Let's see if it holds up, with God's permission. It is the same day as Canelo Alvarez, but we will see what happens from here to there," Lara told George Ebro.
Lara feels strongly that both he, and WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, are the most complex opponents for Canelo.
"Jermall Charlo and myself, we are the most complicated opponents for Canelo, we are the most dangerous. With me [Canelo] lost and the first fight with Gennady Golovkin I also saw him losing. In the second one he looked good, in the second one he beat GGG, but I do think he lost the first one against Golovkin. [Right now they are picking and choosing opponents]. They know what they are doing and so far everything has gone well for them," Lara said.
Canelo will return on May 7, when he faces WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
At the moment Lara is hoping to secure a major fight at middleweight.
"That is the most important thing for me in this new 160-pound division. There are fighters like Munguia, Golovkin, Murata... I would like to fight all those champions, but I've been waiting for a name for a long time. I had been in camp in Las Vegas for a long time and there has been nothing yet. I came to Miami to train with Professor Roque, whom I have known since my time as a youth boxer in Cuba," Lara said.