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Alvarez, Lara to fight on July 12

Updated: April 14, 2014, 5:39 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

With Floyd Mayweather Jr. returning to the welterweight division for his next fight and Miguel Cotto moving up in weight to challenge for the middleweight championship in his next bout, that leaves Mexican star and former titleholder Canelo Alvarez and reigning titlist Erislandy Lara as the two best 154-pounders in the world.

Many thought that Alvarez would look to avoid the quick and technical Lara, a southpaw who had been calling him out. But Alvarez told his promoter, Richard Schaefer ...

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