PBC on ESPN: Lara vs. Zaveck

By Robert Ecksel on November 23, 2015
PBC on ESPN: Lara vs. Zaveck
When Canelo fought Lara he escaped with a narrow split decision victory. (Naoki Fukuda)

WBA World super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara will defend his title against former IBF World welterweight champion Jan Zaveck…

Like his compatriot Guillermo Rignodeaux, Erislandy Lara doesn’t get any respect. But unlike Rigondeaux, especially based on his indifferent performance on the Canelo-Cotto undercard, Lara may deserve it.

On Wednesday, November 25, at Hialeah Racing Park & Casino in Hialeah, Florida, WBA World super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2, 12 KOs), the slick southpaw from Houston, Texas, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, will defend his title against former IBF World welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs), from Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt,, Germany, by way of Ptuj, Slovenia.

The fight will be televised live on ESPN starting at 9 PM/ET.

The bout will be 32-year-old Lara’s third defense of the title he won in 2014 by defeating Ishe Smith at the Alamodome.

Like many fighters with elevated skills, Lara may be too good for his own good. He’s a defensive master with cat-like reflexes that few fighters are willing to fight. One exception was Canelo Alvarez. When the two men fought in 2014, Canelo escaped with a controversial split decision victory. Lara may not have won the fight, but at least he looked good losing.

Thirty-nine-year-old Zaveck is a fine fighter, but he is on the downside of his career. He has lost two of his last six fights, to Andre Berto in 2011 and Keith Thurman in 2013, and fought just once last year. He is, however, a more of less credible challenger who never gives less than his all. Zaveck is also, like Canelo, one of the few men willing to fight the crafty Lara.

“I am aware that this will be one of the toughest fights of my career,” said Zaveck. “I respect Lara and I will prove that I am on the same level. I am aware that I am the underdog and that I am coming into Lara’s living room. I am coming to Miami to chase my dreams and surprise everybody.”

“Getting in the ring with a former world champion and an experienced fighter like Jan Zaveck is something I’m very much looking forward to,” said Lara. “On November 25, I will put on a show for all my fans and especially all my Cuban fans watching on ESPN.”

After Lara defeats Zaveck, he’d like a rematch with Canelo, since he believes he was robbed.

“First I would like to face the best fighters at 154 and clean out the division,” he said. “I want to see of Canelo will finally give me my rematch. If that’s not possible then of course I would like to face Triple G. The weight is the least of my concerns. I want to face the best.”

But will the best want to fight him?

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  1. No10Point 12:23am, 11/25/2015

    Interesting,
    I wonder if he would really go to 160 and fight GGG.
    Would be the best money he could probably make.

    Dont see it happening but would like to watch it.

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