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Persistence pays off for Lara

Cuban standout enters opportunity of a lifetime against Alvarez on Saturday

Originally Published: July 10, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Erislandy Lara is nothing if not persistent. It's one of the reasons that despite long odds -- massive odds, really -- he has risen to become one the best fighters in boxing, even if he's not exactly a household name.

But he could inch closer toward that end if he can score a victory against Mexican superstar and former unified junior middleweight titleholder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez when they meet in a scheduled 12-round fight on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand Garden ...

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