Erislandy Lara retained his WBA Light middleweight championship with a dominating performance over Delvin Rodriguez.
The Cuban dropped his challenger in the 6th round, landing more than 60% of his power shots on route to a unanimous decision victory.
The 32 year old is regarded as one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world and after the clinic he put on last Friday, Lara will be looking at the bigger names in the 154Ib division.
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How Good Is The Cuban?
After his win, the slick defensive southpaw called out the likes of Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin and Floyd Mayweather as possible future opponents and whilst 'The American Dream' holds a record of 21(12)-2-2 many fans believe Lara should be undefeated with 2 losses being very controversial.
There is the argument that the Cuban fails to dig deep and show his best when it really matters in fights but, boasting a glittering amateur career, Lara is undoubtedly highly talented with a vast range of boxing skills that have allowed him to remain relatively unmarked from his 25 professional contests.
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The most recent defeat, to rival Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez last year, was an example of Lara not stepping on the gas.
Despite the good defence and cleaner boxing displayed from the 32 year old, Canelo was allowed to come forward and throw shots appearing more active as the rounds went on culminating in the Mexican claiming a split decision victory.
Too Good for His Own Good?
A few years ago Erislandy Lara was talked about as a potential Mayweather opponent but after the loss to Alvarez the WBA champion has found himself pushed further down the pecking order.
As good as his victory was last Friday you could hear the disappointment from those in attendance at the UIC Pavilion that Lara didn't go for the finish. Unfortunately the champion may be in the same boat as fellow country man Guillermo Rigondeaux who has been labelled as being 'too good for his own good'.
A current two time world champion in the super bantamweight division Rigondeaux is not a ppv star for the reason that he is too superior often winning one sided bouts which has more often than not provided little competitiveness.
This is also one of the reasons why other champions deem it best to avoid a fight with the Cuban, being little reward in taking the fight as Rigondeaux isn't contracted with any major sports broadcaster.
Who Next For Lara?
The same fate may lye with Erislandy Lara, who remains one of the pound for pound best boxers in the world.
Miguel Cotto looks set to take on Saul Alvarez in a huge fight later this year, Floyd Mayweather will most likely fight in September but has not hinted that he will move up in weight for his 49th bout and Abel Sanchez the trainer of Gennady Golovkin has publicly said that his fighter will only go down to 154Ibs for a fight with Mayweather.
There are other big fights for the Cuban in WBO ruler Demetrius Andrade and IBF champion Cornelius Bundrage as unification fights are always popular among boxing fans.
It may appear that the elite fighters in Lara's division are cashing in on big money fights and despite being signed with Al Haymon at this stage of his career the general consensus appears to be that a fight with the WBA light middleweight Champion of the world is more risk than reward.
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