LAS VEGAS (AP) - Canelo Alvarez chased an elusive Erislandy Lara for 12 rounds Saturday night before escaping with a split-decision win for his second straight victory since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Alvarez had all he could handle against Lara, whose constant movement frustrated the Mexican fighter and often caused him to miss wildly with right hands.
In the end, Alvarez won on two scorecards, 115-113 and 117-111, to pull out a narrow win. The third judge had Lara ahead 115-113, while The Associated Press scored the fight 114-114.
Alvarez was favored against the Lara, who left his native Cuba to come to the U.S. and fight as a pro. But Lara provided a stiff test in a fight that was up for grabs in the late rounds.