Lara KOs Foreman in Fourth Round
Erislandy Lara made an impressive defense on his WBA super welterweight championship on Friday, knocking out Yuri Foreman in the fourth round of their main event fight.
After playing it safe for three rounds, Lara landed a devastating left uppercut in the fourth and Foreman was unable to recover.
Foreman, who has fought just twice since taking a two-year hiatus from the sport in 2013, proved to be a step slower than Lara in the ring.
“Of course I’m disappointed, but this is boxing,” Foreman said. “I got caught with a perfect punch and that’s what happens. I tried very hard to shake it off, but he got me.
“I have been hit harder in my career, but I take nothing away from him. He’s a very strong puncher in his prime and I give him credit. He was as good as I expected him to be."
After putting on an impressive show, albeit against an overmatched opponent, Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) called for a fight against the bigger names of the sport.
"I’m very happy with my performance tonight. He was a little bit awkward, so I had to make some adjustments and we got him out of there. I’m ready to fight the best in the world, Golovkin, Canelo… whoever is willing to step in the ring with me, I’m willing to fight."
Lara lost a split decision to Canelo Alvarez in 2014, which was his last defeat. He has since won five straight, though he is in need of a more formidable opponent if he is to receive the pound-for-pound accolades he is chasing.