What Is Greg Vendetti’s Message To Erislandy Lara?

Greg Vendetti thinks Erislandy Lara will be in for a rude awakening.

Vendetti is set to challenge Lara for the WBA (Regular) Light-Middleweight Championship this Saturday, August 29. The vacant IBO Light-Middleweight Title will also be up for grabs. Lara vs. Vendetti will be held inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Ahead of fight night, Vendetti told Boxing Scene that he’s ready to prove the naysayers wrong and show that Lara picked the wrong opponent.

“I think he sees my style as entertaining enough to be profitable, but I’m not dangerous enough to be a threat. I think he sees me and my style as manageable. I think he thinks he can control the fight with the distance and the pace of the fight. And, you know, I don’t blame him. I’m a 5-6, short, flat-footed, white kid, with no amateur pedigree or anything like that. So, on paper, I understand it.

“But I think he made a mistake. I really do, because a lot of other people have felt that way about me, and they’ve lost. That’s happened multiple times in my career. I’m confident. I’m ready to go. I’m gonna give it my best shot, and if I go down, you better believe I’m gonna go down swinging.”

Vendetti has won his last two outings against Michael Anderson and Alan Zavala. His last defeat was on December 8, 2018. That was a TKO loss to Michel Soro. It’s the only time Vendetti has been finished in his 27-fight pro boxing career.

While Vendetti is a grizzled veteran, many would agree that the level of competition that Lara has faced is tough to match. Lara has fought the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Paul Williams, and Jarrett Hurd. While Lara hasn’t always come out on top, he wins more often than not against tough opposition.

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