Erislandy Lara is looking ahead after handling business against Greg Vendetti.
Lara retained his WBA (Regular) Light-Middleweight Championship against Vendetti in the main event of a PBC on FOX card on August 29. In the process, Lara captured the IBO Light-Middleweight Title. Lara earned the unanimous decision victory and he did so by utilizing his jab and keeping his distance. It was his second win in a row.
After the fight, Lara made it clear that he’s targeting a title unification showdown against the winner of WBC Light-Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo and WBA (Super) and IBF Light-Middleweight Champion Jeison Rosario (h/t Boxing Scene).
“I dominated the fight,” Lara said. “After this performance, I’m looking to step in the ring with any of the other champions. I definitely want the winner of Charlo versus Rosario. If that fight can be made, I’ll be ready to go.”
Charlo vs. Rosario is set to take place on September 26. The title unification bout will be a part of a doubleheader on Showtime Sports pay-per-view. The action will be held inside an empty Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
There is some history between Lara and Charlo. The two used to be training partners under Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas. Lara ended up leaving the team in favor of relinking with Ismael Salas. Still, Lara has respect for Charlo and believes he will get the nod over Rosario.
No matter who emerges victorious between Charlo and Rosario, it’s safe to say that Lara will be waiting in the wings. Whether or not the sanctioning bodies are in agreement with Lara’s plan remains to be seen.