Erislandy Lara Strikes Up To The Middleweight Division, Takes On Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna On Might 1st | BoxingInsider.com


Posted on 03/24/2021

Cuban star and WBA Tremendous Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will search a 3rd world title in a second weight class when he faces veteran contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna for the WBA Middleweight Title in the primary occasion of FOX PBC Battle Evening and on FOX Deportes Saturday, Might 1 as a part of a stacked night time of boxing from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.

The printed begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and precedes the FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View occasion headlined by former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. battling all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, which tops a stellar boxing extravaganza all happening at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.

The FOX PBC Battle Evening co-main occasion will see high featherweight contender Eduardo Ramírez tackle hard-hitting Isaac Avelar in a 12-round battle for the vacant interim WBA Featherweight Title.

The occasion is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. PT and could be bought at AXS.com for the occasion that features an action-packed lineup of FOX PBC Battle Evening and FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View fights. Dignity Well being Sports activities Park can be open to followers in a restricted capability, with all friends remaining socially distanced and topic to native and state well being pointers all through the occasion.

“Erislandy Lara has had an extended reign as an elite 154-pounder and now has his sights set on a brand new problem within the star-studded middleweight division,” mentioned Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “He’ll carry his famend expertise and elegance to this powerful matchup in opposition to the younger and rangy Thomas LaManna. With fast-rising Mexican contender Eduardo Ramírez squaring off in opposition to the younger thrilling Mexican brawler Isaac Avelar within the co-main occasion, this primetime lineup is a perfect technique to load up an already stacked night time of boxing at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park, main as much as the return of Andy Ruiz Jr. in opposition to Chris Arreola reside on pay-per-view.”

Lara (27-3-3, 15 KOs) was the longest reigning 154-pound world champion earlier than he misplaced a tricky split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a title unification match in 2018 that was the unanimous “Battle of the Yr”. Lara returned from that battle and battled present 154-pound world titleholder Brian Castano to an thrilling attract one other slender battle that would have gone Lara’s approach. Lara has since scored back-to-back triumphs with a knockout of Ramon Alvarez in 2019 to seize his present title, and a call over Greg Vendetti in August 2020. Lara has confronted a slew of the highest 154-pounders within the sport, together with Canelo Alvarez, forward of his middleweight debut.

“I’m excited to be making my 2021 debut on an enormous platform reside on FOX,” mentioned Lara, who was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and now trains in Las Vegas. “Thomas LaManna is a tall middleweight with numerous expertise and I’m taking this battle very critically, like all the time. I arrived weeks in the past for coaching camp and Ismael Salas instantly bought me engaged on the basics of boxing. At this stage in my profession, I’m all-action, combating on the within, and letting my fingers fly. I’m going to make a press release on this battle with a knockout.”

The Belleville, New Jersey-native LaManna (30-4-1, 12 KOs) was driving an eight-fight unbeaten streak, which included seven wins plus a draw in opposition to Gabriel Bracero, earlier than shedding to Jorge Cota in January 2020. He gained back-to-back middleweight fights in January and October getting into this showdown, knocking out Jorge Pimentel and Juan de Jesus Gonzalez. Previous to his two most up-to-date knockouts, LaManna dropped a slender resolution to Brian Mendoza in August 2020.

“It’s been a very long time coming and now I’m lastly getting my likelihood to perform my final dream of turning into a champion,” mentioned the 29-year-old LaManna. “That is the land of alternative and I’m getting mine on Might 1. I’ve put my coronary heart, blood and soul into this recreation. I’m the definition of the ‘American dream’. Folks can write me off if they need, as a result of on the finish of the day, there’s little question that I’m coming to win. That is my time.”



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