Lara Gains Gold & Revenge
Prior to the bout, Ramon Alvarez missed weight by an extreme amount. His lack of preparation costed him, as Erislandy Lara only needed two rounds to knock him out.
Inside the Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lara (26-3-3) didn’t break a sweat against Alvarez (27-7-3, 1NC), who won the vacant WBA (Regular) Light Middleweight Title as a result. That was his first win since beating Terrell Gausha back in October of 2017. P
While the first round didn’t offer much action, the second round was all Lara. Right at the start, he connected with a left that froze Alvarez. Ramon needed to be held as a shot by Lara almost knocked him out of the ring. A few moments later, a flurry of shots by Lara had Alvarez up against the ropes again and almost to the floor. The referee called the contest off before any further damage could be done, giving Lara the TKO victory.
Never in doubt. 💯
Lara nearly sent Alvarez right out of the ring, then finished the job just moments later. 👀 pic.twitter.com/plpl0u2Ddx
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) September 1, 2019
The loss snaps Alvarez’s three-fight win streak.
A fight that almost never materialized ended up being a tryout tape for Lara. He is now hoping to face some of the top talents boxing has to offer. While Canelo, the other Alvarez, is also on his mind, Lara is keeping all options open.
“I’ll fight anyone in the division,” Lara stated. “I do want to fight the best boxers out there in the division, or go up or down a division to fight Errol Spence Jr. or rematch Canelo Alvarez.”
Main Card (FOX, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Erislandy Lara def. Ramon Alvarez via TKO (2:03 into round two) – WBA Light Middleweight Championship
Sebastian Fundora v. Jamontay Clark ended in a spilit decision draw (98-92 Fondura, 96-94 Clark and 95-95)
Frank Sanchez def. Victor Bisbal via KO (3:00 into round four)