Five keys for Canelo Alvarez

Plotting a path to victory in Saturday's showdown with Erislandy Lara

Originally Published: July 10, 2014
By Bernardo Pilatti | ESPN.com

Former junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez will be facing a dangerous challenge in Cuba's Erislandy Lara in a 12-round battle on Saturday (9 p.m. ET, Showtime PPV) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) has fought southpaw opponents, but none as complicated as Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs), who, along with his technical virtues, has more speed and mobility.

Will Canelo be able to impose his superior punching power and his aggressiveness?

Here are five keys Alvarez should consider before Saturday's fight:

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