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ERISLANDY LARA is eager for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez and even more keen to face middleweight menace Gennady Golovkin.
First, he must successfully defend his WBA super-welterweight title in a rematch with Vanes Martirosyan in Las Vegas on Saturday night [May 21].
The Cuban slickster was edged out by Canelo in 2014 and has struggled to nail down fights with other marquee names, but hopes things will change after Saturday.
“After I win Saturday, I would love to fight ‘GGG’ or Canelo, but I would prefer ‘GGG’. It’s not frustrating that I’m not fighting the biggest names all the time. I’m a headliner,” he said.
“I don’t feel any pressure. I’m just going to do my job and just keep winning. As long as I keep winning, everything will take care of itself.”
Lara and Martirosyan fought to a technical draw in 2012, and Vanes has been calling for a return ever since.
Lara has beaten the likes of Alfredo Angulo and Austin Trout in the meantime, and expects to turn back Martirosyan’s challenge with relative ease.
“I’m not surprised that I’m fighting Vanes again. It’s my job to fight whoever they put in front of me,” he said.
“I felt that I was a better fighter than him the first time and I’m a little better in almost every area since. One of the most important things is my way of training and my way of getting prepared. I feel that I am much more mature.
“I like being back in Las Vegas again. I’m definitely prepared to do what I do – and that’s win.”