Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) showed heart and determination, to get off the canvas twice, to come back and force a stoppage of an injured, Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, USA. The interim WBA junior middleweight title was the prize for the victor.
Angulo came out with intent in round one putting pressure on Lara from the opening bell, Lara countered well, while boxing intelligently throughout the opening rounds while Angulo pressured and consistently attacked Lara’s body. In the fourth round Angulo caught the Cuban with a huge shot which sent Lara to the canvas for the first time in his career. Lara was hurt but used movement and defended well until his head cleared. The momentum seemed to be shifting to Angulo from the fifth round with relentless pressure and body punching, Lara countered well with hard shots, but they seemed to have little effect on a determined Angulo. Lara hit the canvas for only the second time in either his amateur or pro careers and again showed great defensive ability to get through the round.
In the tenth round Lara landed a fast combination of power punches on Angulo’s already swollen eye, the impact of the punches immediately obvious as Angulo turned and walked to his corner in serious pain, the referee called an end to the action with Alfredo unable to continue due to a suspected broken orbital bone.
After an unfortunate ending to such an intense fight and with a great mix of styles, a rematch would surely be a good choice for both fighters in what seems to be unfinished business, once Angulo has healed and is ready to continue his career.