Lara Demolishes Hearns

By Robert Ecksel on April 21, 2012
Lara Demolishes Hearns
Few expected Ronald Hearns to win the fight. Even fewer expected a 94-second blowout.


It has been a long time since junior middleweight Erislandy Lara fought. His last fight was in July against Paul Williams at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. That bout ended, as so many bouts end, with the judges awarding the decision to the wrong fighter.

We’ve learned to accept this, having no say in the matter, but the decision in Williams-Lara was particularly egregious. Aaron Davis and the New Jersey Commission to their credit stepped in, took decisive action, and penalized the judges. It’s something we’d like to see more of.

Lara (16-1-1, 11 KOs) returned to action last night in a scheduled 10-round bout against Ronald Hearns (26-3, 20 KOs) in Biloxi, Mississippi. Few expected Hearns to emerge the winner. Even fewer expected a 94-second blowout.

The son of Hall of Famer Thomas “Hitman” Hearns is not the fighter his father was, which is no crime. But having put him in with Lara might be.

Lara connected with 10 of 13 of his power punches. Hearns landed none.

Boxing needs competitive fights, not mismatches. Fighters can and should showcase their skills against comparable competition. When that fails to happen, no one is happy, not just the defeated fighter.

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Erislandy Lara vs Ronald Hearns



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