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. Continue reading “Lara Gets the Job Done in Typical Lara Fashion, Outpoints Vendetti”
Supremely skilled Cuban WBA Junior-Middleweight secondary Titlist 🇨🇺Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (26-3-3, 15KO) returns to headline Saturday’s PBC card against #11 world WBA ranked contender 🇺🇸Greg “The Villain” Vendetti (22-3-1, 12KO) on FOX. Continue reading “Lara Looks for WBA World Title Defense #1 Against Vendetti”
In Minnesota this past weekend…
🇨🇺Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (26-3-3, 15KO) won the vacant WBA “regular” World Super-Welterweight title in a two-round demolition of overmatched (and overweight) 🇲🇽Ramon Alvarez (28-8-3, 16KO) Saturday night on FOX.
Lara will now face French Super-Welterweight 🇫🇷Michel Soro (34-2-1, 23KO).
A competitive, intriguing fight that featured a battle of wills and contrasting styles, the bout between former Champion Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara (25-3-3, 14KO) and secondary WBA titlist Brian Carlos Castaño (15-0-1, 11KO) ended up resulting in a draw verdict.
The early question on was whether Lara still had the ability to use his legs due to concerns from his last bout, and tonight, he showed that he still has the capability to wheel around the ring and get his shots off, however Castaño made it a central point to stay on top of Lara wherever he went, stay in his chest, and cut the ring off at all times, not giving Lara the comfort of using the real estate in the ring.
Lara possessed a seismic 7 1/2 inch reach advantage, so early on, Castano decided to work behind a high tight guard of a defense, and jab his way in, using his footwork to get Lara’s back to touch the ropes before he went to exclusive work, dealing in his punching range, landing counter punches upstairs, sneaking the cross through when opportunity was presented, and ripping the left hook to keep the veteran honest.
The middle of the fight seemed to slip away from Castaño, who started to stagnate in the center of the ring, while Lara found his range and started keeping Brian at the end of his punch, countering exclusively with the left cross whenever Castaño wanted to forge an offensive attack.
Perhaps feeling as if he was falling behind on the scorecards around the 9th round, Castaño became more aggressive, and got back to what helped him find success earlier, pressing the action and going back to the body, something he stopped doing in large in the middle of the fight. Down the stretch, they fought like fighters who knew that the bout was too close to call.
Lara landed some very impressive counter shots upstairs, and Castaño increased his volume, finding home with shots thrown in multiple combinations. Fighting to the final bell, one had the feeling that this fight could go either way. In a bout that we thought was a 50/50 one going into the fight, that’s exactly what resulted officially with the draw verdict.
With this, Lara has the 3rd draw of his career, and as for Castaño, even though it was a draw, he successfully defended his secondary WBA title belt by not losing it via defeat. With this verdict, one wonders whether we’ll get a re-match out of this, or if they both shoot their shot at getting the chance to fight unified WBA/IBF Champion Jarrett ‘Swift’ Hurd, but we will see what comes of it as time passes. Here were the official judges scorecards, as well as our scorecard for this fight.
John McKaie = 115 – 113 for ERISLANDY LARA
Kevin Morgan = 115 – 113 for BRIAN CARLOS CASTAÑO
Julie Lederman = 114 – 114 scored as a DRAW
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARD
Tré Berry III = 115 – 113 for BRIAN CARLOS CASTAÑO
Cuban standout and former Super-Welterweight Champion Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara (25-3-2, 14KO) finds himself in yet another big fight, this time against secondary WBA titlist Brian Carlos Castaño (15-0-0, 11KO) of Argentina.
Castaño, though he doesn’t have the fanfare, is as good as his counterparts atop the Super-Welterweight division, and Lara will be his toughest test to date. Lara is one fight removed from his epic thriller of a unification bout with ‘Swift’ Jarrett Hurd, one where he fell just short of and lost his WBA world title belt.
THE COLD HARD TRUTH – In Erislandy’s fight with Jarrett Hurd, one thing was apparent, and that was the wrong type of fight was fought, which resulted in a fight that was harder for Lara than it should have been. The two reasons why that may have been the case is either A) Lara and his team made an error in judgement, wanting to stand and counter the bigger man to beat him to the punch, or B) perhaps Lara decided to trade with Swift because due to aging, his legs and footwork may not be what it once used to be. Considering how technically proficient and how high Lara’s boxing IQ is, it may possibly be the latter, with his footwork slowing down as a result of being 35 years of age, with a good deal of mileage on him.
The true test will be this fight, to make sure exactly which one of these theories pan out, and if Lara is beginning to slow down with his foot movement, then this essentially becomes a 50-50 fight, as Castaño is technically sound in pressuring his opponents and holding his own in middle distance. Lara will ultimately need his legs for this match in efforts to defeat Castaño on the outside, and Castaño needs to prove that he can match the veteran wit for wit, keeping the pressure on and making life difficult for the aging fighter.
This is the headliner attraction taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Tune into Showtime Saturday, December 2nd to catch this interesting match-up take place.