Lara KOs Foreman

By Robert Ecksel on January 14, 2017
Lara KOs Foreman
Golovkin and Canelo may have bigger fish to fry. (Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions)

There’s some doubt, and not for the first time, about what Foreman has to offer, and what he has to gain, by continuing to fight…

Friday night at Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami, Florida, WBA Super World super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs), the clever southpaw from Houston Texas, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, stopped former champion Yuri Foreman (34-3, 19 KOs), from Brooklyn, New York, by way of Gomel, Belarus, with a crushing left hook at 1:47 of round four.

Lara is no more known for his power than Foreman, and while few picked Foreman to win, even fewer expected him to be knocked out.

“I’m very happy with my performance tonight,” said Lara after the fight. “He was a little bit awkward, so I had to make some adjustments and we got him out of there. I’m ready to fight the best in the world. I’m tired of mentioning names, they know who they are: Andrade, Golovkin, Canelo, the best. We want to fight the best. Whoever is willing to step in the ring with me, I’m willing to fight.”

Lara may want Golovkin and Canelo, but they may have bigger fish to fry.

Foreman, naturally, was gutted at the loss.

“Of course I’m disappointed,” he said, “but this is boxing. I got caught with a perfect punch and that’s what happens. I tried very hard to shake it off, but he got me. I have been hit harder in my career, but I take nothing away from him. He’s a very strong puncher in his prime and I give him credit. He was as good as I expected him to be.”

At the age of 36 and having lost three of his last nine fights dating back to 2010, there’s some doubt, and not for the first time, about what Foreman has to offer, and what he has to gain, by continuing to fight.

“I will take some time to talk to my team and my family,” added Foreman, “and see what comes next, as far as boxing.”

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  1. Jan Swart 12:37pm, 01/16/2017

    A crushing left CROSS, perhaps?

  2. raxman 11:41pm, 01/15/2017

    Darrell - I think he means - few, as in not many, picked foreman to win, rather than a few people picked him to win. its an odd choice of phrase coz he then adds - fewer thought foreman would be knocked out. meaning I think, If I can translate into Aussie for you “fuck all thought he’d win but of those fuck all, fuck all of them thought he’d lose by ko
    at least I think that’s the gist
    Because youre right, surely no one thought Foreman could beat Lara. You only had to look at the opponents Yuri had been facing since his comeback!
    Hopefully this mark the return of the Lara that fought Paul Williams, I think we’ve discussed before haven’t we? That in that fight (robbery) Lara stayed in the pocket and banged, rather than the… well I never like the term but Lara does it…. he runs. Its not boxing. Its running. but he didn’t do that here so lets hope he’s finally realised what he has to do to get the big dollars

  3. Darrell 11:20pm, 01/14/2017

    Some really picked Foreman to win this?! That’s the biggest surprise for mine…..

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:06am, 01/14/2017

    Damn! I forgot the best of the bunch…..Joe Calzaghe, who quick twitched the shit out of the quick twitchers which makes him all the greater! If Hopkins could have found a way to somersault out of the ring that night he would have! Shame on you Joe for not taking him to Wales and wailing the shit out of him once and for all!

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:58am, 01/14/2017

    Four great white fighters who weren’t big hitters…..Billy Graham, Joey Archer, Joey Maxim, and Willie Pep. If you’re a white guy in this sport you have to hit hard…..period! Otherwise you’ll get the shit quick twitched out of you!

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