Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Canelo-Lara on big screen
By Dan Rafael
Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara are coming to a movie theater near you.
Golden Boy Promotions and Fathom Events announced on Monday that the 155-pound nontitle showdown between former junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) and reigning titleholder Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) on July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be shown in nearly 200 movie theaters across the country.
The HD presentation of the "Honor & Glory" card will be the same Showtime PPV broadcast those at home will see. You can find a list of participating theaters (as well as ticket prices, which vary theater to theater) at www.FathomEvents.com.
"I'm expecting one of the toughest fights of my career on July 12, so knowing that I'll have my fans cheering me on, not just in the arena but in movie theaters throughout the country, has me even more motivated to beat Erislandy Lara and give the fans a fight to remember," Alvarez said as part of the announcement.
Said Lara, "This is the fight that the fans and I demanded and now they will get to see it on a grand scale. There is no better situation in boxing than to see two hungry fighters willing to put everything on the line for the honor and glory of their fans. I'll be sending a strong message to the world come July 12th."
Golden Boy and Fathom Events have teamed to bring the promotional company's pay-per-view events to movie theaters for the past few years.
"Fight fans will not want to miss this epic bout between Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara," said Fathom Events chief executive John Rubey. "Seeing this event on the big screen will be as close as you can get to a ringside experience."