Erislandy Lara is very elfin skilled, but the adoration isn’t there for the Cuban across the board.
He is Cuban and some of them have that certain style, which sometimes offers top grade competence but also a lack of ferocity and intensity which can annoy fans who want more rumbling and less sweet science.
Lara wins rounds, piles them up, and probably maybe deserves to be undefeated. His two losses, or “losses,” came to Paul Williams in 2009, when he was robbed, in the eyes of most watchers. The judges who gave Williams the win were tarred and feathered in NJ after their editct. And then, in 2012, the smart and slick lefty gave Canelo Alvarez plenty of problems when they faced off. Split decision, for the redhead, the judges said.
Lara meets a lower tier, on paper, challenge on Saturday when he fights Terrell Gausha at Barclays Center, and on Showtime, in their main event. I was curious when I talked to Lara at the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, does he get frustrated at not getting more fan love, at not being more universally embraced as a pound for pound top ten, top five guy? Naw, said manager Luis De Cubas Jr, Lara doesn’t get real frustrated , “because he’s staying busy, defending his title.” The Cuban beat Yuri Foreman, in July, by stoppage. “I got him top ten,” said De Cubas, who admits to getting irked at some guys who get pound for pound love when they campaign in cruddy divisions. “We want Hurd, the winner of Charlo-Lubin and at 160 there are opportunities,” De Cubas continued. “I think Danny Jacobs was smart to go to HBO, because we were going to go to 160 to take care of him too! So it was smart business for him to go over there!”
The manager said he would fight Jacobs next. “Easy work, c’mon, Danny’s a good fighter, but c’mon..”
“Tomorrow,” said Lara trainer Ronnie Shields.
But first, gotta get Gausha outta the way..