A week ago, Victor Ortiz was set to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 15, but Josesito Lopez ended up derailing his plans, breaking his jaw during the ninth round of their June 23 encounter.
Erislandy Lara now finds himself in a somewhat similar position, since he’s currently being considered as a potential opponent for Alvarez’ September bout. Obviously, he’ll have to get past Freddy Hernandez when the two meet on June 30, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Like Josesito, Hernandez doesn’t mind playing the spoiler role, and he vows to derail the potential Alvarez vs. Lara matchup.
“I’m going to make this a rough fight for Lara,” Hernandez said. “I was scheduled to fight Yudel Jhonson (12-1, 8 KOs) recently but had to pull out because of a minor injury. I’m in great shape and will be 100 percent ready to go this Saturday. … Lara keeps talking about a potential fight with Canelo, but he’s forgetting that he must get past me first. Victor Ortiz found out the hard way that you can’t look past anyone at the top level and I’m going to show Lara what a real Mexican fighter is all about. The Mexican fans will see a hungry fighter when we step in the ring this Saturday. It’s going to be a war!”
Hernandez was brutally knocked out in the first round of his 2010 encounter against Andre Berto, but he bounced right back in his next outing against Luis Collazo, securing a unanimous decision. Hernandez also showed some serious punching power in his fight against Collazo, sending him to the canvas with a vicious body shot in the eighth round.
I certainly won’t count Hernandez out against Lara, but it’s hard to bet against “El Oro de Guantanamo.” Lara is one of the most dangerous fighters at 154 pounds, and at 29 years-old, I’m sure he understands the significance of a fight against Alvarez.
Boxingscene.com, “Freddy Hernandez Vows To Derail Lara’s Canelo Dreams”