Lara vs. Martirosyan II Preview

By Robert Ecksel on May 15, 2016
Lara vs. Martirosyan II Preview
Their first fight ended in a technical draw due to an accidental headbutt. (EM Photography)

“The landscape of the 154-pound division will be laid out after May 21. I’m coming to dominate and retain my world championship…”

On Saturday, May 21, at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs), the spoiler from Houston, Texas, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, will defend his WBA and IBO World super welterweight titles against Vanes Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KOs), the rock-hard Armenian fighting out of Glendale, California, over a scheduled 12 rounds. They fought before, in November 2012, the bout ending in a technical draw due to an accidental head butt.

Thirty-three-year-old Lara is an eight-year pro. “The American Dream” won the interim WBA title in June 2013 by stopping Alfredo Angulo via 10th-round TKO. Elevated to “regular” championship status in March 2014, Lara has defended his title three times, beating Ishe Smith that December and Delvin Rodriguez last June, both by unanimous decision, and stopping Jan Zaveck by third-round TKO last November. It was in his bout with Rodriguez that Lara scored the vacant IBO title. Never stopped, Lara lost to Paul Williams by controversial majority decision in July 2011 and to Saul Alvarez by controversial split decision in a non-title bout in July 2014. His other draw came against Carlos Molina in March 2011.

His opponent, who turned 30 on May 1, is an 11-year ring veteran. “Nightmare” won the vacant WBA International super welterweight title in June 2010 by beating Joe Greene via unanimous decision. Fifteenth-ranked by the WBA, Martirosyan most recently fought last September, beating Ishe Smith by majority decision. Undefeated in his first eight years as a pro, and never stopped, Martirosyan’s first loss came in November 2013, beaten via split decision by Demetrius Andrade. His second defeat came last March at the hands of Jermell Charlo, who won by unanimous decision.

“This is a very important fight for me,” said Lara. “I’m taking this fight very seriously. Our last fight unfortunately ended in a draw because of a clash of heads so we have some unfinished business to take care of. Everything is going as planned. This time I’m not going to leave any doubt on who the better fighter is. The landscape of the 154-pound division will be laid out after May 21. I’m coming to dominate and retain my world championship.”

Lara-Martirosyan II will be televised live Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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    A boxer with low power should increase punch volume…

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