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Erislandy Lara Gets Rust Shedder Win Over Mass. Gamer Greg Vendetti

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This one will go down as a rust shedder, because Erislandy Lara is a super skilled technician, and unless he got old overnight, Greg Vendetti would not be able to defuse the ample skill set of the Cuban ace. Vendetti impressed with his toughness, but he still took the L on Saturday evening in LA, atop a PBC/Fox card.

Here is the release sent out after junior middleweight Lara showed his talents and Vladimir Hernandez and Alfredo Angulo kept the CompuBox button hitters mad busy.

WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara Secures Unanimous Decision Victory Against Greg Vendetti in  FOX PBC Fight Night Main Event & On FOX Deportes from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles
 
Super Middleweight Vladimir Hernandez Defeats Alfredo Angulo by Unanimous Decision in Co-Main Event Action
 
LOS ANGELES (August 29, 2020) – WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (27-3-3, 15 KOs) defeated Greg Vendetti (22-4-1, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 117-111) in a 12-round showdown headlining FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Lara, using his counter punching and superior boxing skills, outworked Vendetti, landing 161 total punches to Vendetti’s 88.

“Tonight, I dominated the fight,” said Lara. “After this performance, I’m looking to step in the ring with any of the other champions.

“I definitely want the winner of Jermell Charlo vs. Jeison Rosario. If that fight can be made, I’ll be ready to go.”

Hernandez subbed in for Caleb Truax and him and Angulo worked hard, and made CompuBox counters work hard. (Photos by Sean Michael Ham)

The co-main event featured a super middleweight slugfest as Vladimir Hernandez (12-4, 6 KOs) defeated rugged veteran Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (26-8, 21 KOs) by unanimous decision (98-92, 98-92, 98-92) in a 10-round contest.

In an all-action bout that set a CompuBox record for combined punches thrown in a super middleweight scrap (2,137), both fighters landed their share of solid punches. Hernandez got off to a good start, winning the early rounds on the judges’ scorecards. Angulo took control in the middle rounds, landing the more significant punches and seemed to start wearing down Hernandez. However, Hernandez managed to get his second wind and was able to tough it out, applied the presser in the closing stanzas, and did enough to earn the hard-fought victory.

The FOX broadcast also featured an eight-round super lightweight matchup as Abram Martinez (8-0-1, 6 KOs) fought Luis Arcon (10-0-1, 10 KOs) to a split draw (76-74 Martinez, 76-74 Arcon, 75-75) in a special bonus feature.

Martinez dominated the early action, scoring a knockdown in the second round with a pair of sharp left hooks to Arcon’s jaw. Arcon came on late, though, and in the closing seconds of the final frame was able to knock down Martinez with a left hook and right hand combination that proved enough to earn the draw.

In FS1 prelim action, Brian Mendoza (19-1, 13 KOs) defeated Thomas LaManna (28-4-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision (96-94, 98-92, 98-92) in a super welterweight attraction. LaManna landed 189 total punches to Mendoza’s 171, but Mendoza was able to land 133 power punches to LaManna’s 130. The opening bout on FS1 saw super lightweight Justin Pauldo (14-1, 7 KOs) cruise to a wide unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 79-73) over Josec Ruiz (21-4-3, 14 KOs).

The event was promoted by TGB Promotions.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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