The PBC main event on FOX didn’t provide much of what you would call entertainment, however it took on the tone of a typical night for Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (27-3-3, 15KO), as the 37 year old used his superior savvy to outbox rugged contender Greg “The Villain” Vendetti (22-4-1, 12KO) en route to a Unanimous Decision.
In recent times, there were questions about slippage when it comes to Lara, with pundits pointing out that in his last few fights, he hasn’t moved around the ring as often as he did 4-5 years ago, indicating that his legs are starting to go, with that being one of the first signs of 📉aging in the world of boxing. Last night against Vendetti, he was more successful in using his lateral movement, and ring generalship on the outside to keep the aggressive Venditti off-balanced, and a step behind what Lara was doing in the ring at all times.
Every once in a while, Vendetti landed a good clean shot, citing that one shot when Lara had Vendetti pinned down, with Vendetti coming right over the top with a left hand, but nothing ever followed to string together effective combinations. Lara’s jab was snappy, as he used his range simply to 📌tack on the points to get a dominant points victory, securing the 1st defense of his secondary WBA Title.
With the win, Lara wants a shot at becoming a real Titlist once again, as he has eyes on the winner of 🇺🇸Jermell “Iron-Man” Charlo, and 🇩🇴Jeison Rosario, who will be crowned as the Champion of the Junior-Middleweight division, with the winner holding the RING/WBA/WBC/IBF World titles.
Lara at this advanced stage in his career wants to secure a high acclaim money fight, whether it comes from the fight previously mentioned, a re-match with Middleweight Champion of the World 🇲🇽Canelo Alvarez as unfinished business (considering their first fight was very close), or against Middleweight legend 🥈🇰🇿 Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin. Any of those options would be a hell of a way to round out his career, both legacy-defining, and financially speaking.