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 Struggle Night time and on FOX Deportes Saturday, Might 1 as a part of a stacked evening of boxing from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
The published 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 Struggle Night time co-main occasion will see high featherweight contender Eduardo Ramírez tackle hard-hitting Isaac Avelar in a 12-round combat 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 may be bought at AXS.com for the occasion that features an action-packed lineup of FOX PBC Struggle Night time and FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View fights. Dignity Well being Sports activities Park will probably be open to followers in a restricted capability, with all company 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,” stated Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “He’ll convey his famend expertise and magnificence to this robust matchup towards the younger and rangy Thomas LaManna. With fast-rising Mexican contender Eduardo Ramírez squaring off towards 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 evening of boxing at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park, main as much as the return of Andy Ruiz Jr. towards 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 “Struggle of the 12 months”. Lara returned from that combat and battled present 154-pound world titleholder Brian Castano to an thrilling attract one other slender combat that might 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 choice 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,” stated Lara, who was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and now trains in Las Vegas. “Thomas LaManna is a tall middleweight with a whole lot of expertise and I’m taking this combat very severely, like all the time. I arrived weeks in the past for coaching camp and Ismael Salas instantly acquired me engaged on the basics of boxing. At this stage in my profession, I’m all-action, combating on the within, and letting my arms fly. I’m going to make a press release on this combat with a knockout.”
The Belleville, New Jersey-native LaManna (30-4-1, 12 KOs) was using an eight-fight unbeaten streak, which included seven wins plus a draw towards Gabriel Bracero, earlier than shedding to Jorge Cota in January 2020. He gained back-to-back middleweight fights in January and October coming 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 choice 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,” stated 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.”
Preventing out of Sinaloa, Mexico, Ramírez (24-2-3, 11 KOs) has risen up the featherweight rankings with back-to-back sensational knockout victories, stopping Leduan Barthelemy in November 2019 earlier than most lately blasting out Miguel Flores in December 2020. The 28-year-old is presently using a streak of wins in 4 of his final 5 fights since shedding to then 126-pound champion Lee Selby in 2017. He’s gained 15 of his final 18 fights general, together with his solely different blemishes coming in a draw towards Barthelemy that was later avenged, and a choice loss to Claudio Marrero.
“This combat is essential for my profession as a result of it places me one step nearer to combating for a world title once more,” stated Ramírez. “However I can’t be wanting previous Avelar, who’s coming off a giant win and will probably be coming to combat like a proud Mexican, similar to I do. I will probably be in high form and able to obtain this step towards my dream of getting one other likelihood at a world title. No disrespect to my opponent, however I’ll win, it doesn’t matter what it takes.”
The 23-year-old Avelar (17-2, 10 KOs) most lately gained a large unanimous choice over beforehand unbeaten Sakaria Lukas in December 2020, stopping a two-fight skid that included a loss to tremendous bantamweight world champion Stephen Fulton. The Aguascalientes, Mexico native was unbeaten in his first 16 professional fights, together with a 2019 conquer Juan Antonio Lopez in his U.S. debut.
“I’m coming into this combat strongly believing that I’m going to cease Eduardo Ramírez,” stated Avelar. “I’ve been hurting and stopping sparring companions throughout camp, so I’m totally ready for a warfare. That is going to be a spectacular combat like Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez. I’ve been enhancing my recreation fairly a bit within the final 12 months. I requested for this combat, and I’m going to make Ramírez remorse accepting it.”
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