Cuban native Erislandy Lara will be the only man in the ring able to win the vacant Super Welterweight Championship of the World Boxing Association (WBA) this Saturday in Minnesota after his rival, Mexican native Ramon Alvarez, did not meet the weight limit stipulation this Friday.
Lara tipped the scale at 153.8 pounds, which allows him to fight for the black and gold belt. Alvarez, meanwhile, came in at a weight of 158.6 pounds which is considerably above the limit (154 pounds) and thus misses the world title opportunity.
After negotiating between the parties the fight will take place but only Lara will keep the belt if he wins. If Alvarez wins, the belt will remain vacant.
Lara will have a new opportunity to become a champion at 36 years old and wants to make the most of it. His record is 25 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws, and 14 knockouts.