Erislandy Lara
Erislandy Lara

Erislandy Lara

“The American Dream”

RECORD

25 - 2 - 2

KOs

14

Weight 154 lbs (70 kg)

Age 34

Home Houston, Texas,

Complete Stats

Erislandy Lara defected from Cuba in 2008 and has since established himself as one of the world’s top boxers at 154 pounds. Read Bio

Last Fight

Lara vs Gausha

win vs Terrell Gausha

Oct 14, 2017 / Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Lara made his seventh successful title defense with a unanimous decision victory over the previously unbeaten Gausha.

Latest News

Latest
PBC Jabs Premier Boxing ChampionsPBC Boxing Video
Oct 19, 2017 / PBC Jabs, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Jermell Charlo, Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd

PBC Jabs recaps all of our thrilling October 14th Fox and Showtime fights

On October 14th, five world champions retained their thrones, live on Fox and Showtime. Jordan Hardy recaps all the thrilling fight action from the night, plus we go another round of PBC Trivia!

154-pound champs talk unification
Oct 17, 2017 / Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, Jarrett Hurd

Clarity Comes to the 154-Pound Division As Champions Head Toward Unification Showdown

There could be plenty of drama inside and outside of the ring if 154-pound champions Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo and Jarrett Hurd decide to unify.

Lara vs Gausha
Oct 15, 2017 / Lara vs Gausha, Charlo vs Lubin, Hurd vs Trout, Erislandy Lara, Terrell Gausha, Jermell Charlo, Erickson Lubin, Jarrett Hurd, Austin Trout

Lara, Charlo and Hurd shine in 154-pound tripleheader at Barclays Center

All three 154-pound world champions prevailed on a night where the division's best put on an exciting show in Brooklyn, New York.

Fights

Fights

Oct 14, 2017 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Erislandy Lara WINS against Terrell Gausha by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Yuri Foreman

Jan 13, 2017 Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Miami

Erislandy Lara WINS against Yuri Foreman by KO in Round 4 of 12

May 21, 2016 The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Erislandy Lara WINS against Vanes Martirosyan by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Jan Zaveck

Nov 25, 2015 Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Miami

Erislandy Lara WINS against Jan Zaveck by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Delvin Rodriguez 28-7-4

Jun 12, 2015 UIC Pavilion, Chicago

Erislandy Lara WINS against Delvin Rodriguez by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Ishe Smith 26-6-0

Dec 12, 2014 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Ishe Smith by UD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Saul Alvarez 43-1-1

Jul 12, 2014 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Saul Alvarez WINS against Erislandy Lara by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Austin Trout 18-1-2

Dec 07, 2013 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Austin Trout by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Alfredo Angulo 17-1-2

Jun 08, 2013 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Alfredo Angulo by TKO in Round 10 of 12

Draw vs Vanes Martirosyan 32-0-0

Nov 10, 2012 Wynn Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Vanes Martirosyan DRAWS with Erislandy Lara by TD in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Freddy Hernandez 30-2-0

Jun 30, 2012 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Freddy Hernandez by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Ronald Hearns 26-2-0

Apr 20, 2012 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Ronald Hearns by TKO in Round 1 of 10

LOSS vs Paul Williams 39-2-0

Jul 09, 2011 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Paul Williams WINS against Erislandy Lara by MD in Round 12 of 12

Draw vs Carlos Molina 15-0-0

Mar 25, 2011 Cosmopolitan Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara DRAWS with Carlos Molina by MD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Delray Raines 18-8-1

Jan 14, 2011 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Delray Raines by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Willie Lee 17-6-0

Aug 18, 2010 Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Willie Lee by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs William Correa 8-3-0

Jul 09, 2010 Softball Country Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against William Correa by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Danny Perez 34-6-0

Apr 02, 2010 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Danny Perez by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Grady Brewer 26-11-0

Jan 29, 2010 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Grady Brewer by TKO in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Jose Varela 23-6-0

Sep 19, 2009 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Jose Varela by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Darnell Boone 16-11-2

Jul 17, 2009 Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Darnell Boone by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Edwin Vazquez 22-13-2

May 22, 2009 Fontainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Edwin Vazquez by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Chris Gray 11-7-0

May 02, 2009 MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Chris Gray by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Keith Gross 3-0-0

Feb 20, 2009 University Center Arena, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Keith Gross by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Rodrigo Aguiar 5-3-0

Jan 09, 2009 Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, USA

Erislandy Lara WINS against Rodrigo Aguiar by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Deniss Aleksejevs 4-21-2

Sep 12, 2008 Kugelbake Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany

Erislandy Lara WINS against Deniss Aleksejevs by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Ivan Maslov 3-0-1

Jul 04, 2008 Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, Ankara, Turkey

Erislandy Lara WINS against Ivan Maslov by PTS in Round 4 of 4

Stats

Erislandy Lara “The American Dream”

  • WINS 25
  • LOSSES 2
  • DRAWS 2
  • KOs 14

Weight 154 lbs (70 kg)

Height 5'9" (1.75 m)

Reach 74" (188 cm)

  • Born

    April 11, 1983
  • Age

    34
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Guantanamo
  • Trains in

    Houston, TX
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    187
  • KO Percentage

    48%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

A defensive whiz and studious technician, Erislandy Lara fights like someone who possesses a doctorate in the sweet science. "The American Dream” one of the slickest, most elusive fighters in the sport, as hard for some of his opponents to make solid contact with as a gust of wind.

Erislandy Lara
Erislandy Lara delivers a left hand during his win over Bakhtiyar Artayev at the World Senior Boxing Championships in Mianyang, China, on November 19, 2005.

From defector to contender

Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Lara began contributing to the rich boxing legacy of his homeland when he was a teenager, becoming a three-time national amateur champion at 147 pounds from 2005-07, fighting 320 times and winning all but 10 of his bouts.

Lara would turn pro in 2008 after defecting from Cuba, relocating to Miami where he began to establish himself as one of boxing’s craftiest fighters.

“I describe myself as a technical specialist,” Lara said in a 2009 interview with Boxing247.com. “I never, ever go looking for a KO. If one comes, it just comes. … I use my brain in a fight. I am patient in the ring and I use my skills.”

Erislandy Lara
Erislandy Lara won his first 15 professional bouts, stopping eight of his opponents in the first round.

A tough road toward the top

After winning his first 15 bouts, Lara fought future 154-pound world champion Carlos Molina to a draw in March 2011, and battled former 147-pound champ Paul Williams next.

Despite seemingly controlling the action throughout the fight and tagging his opponent with his left hand at will, Lara nevertheless dropped a hotly debated majority decision to Williams in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Afterward, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board indefinitely suspended all three judges due to concerns about the way they scored the fight.

Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo
Erislandy Lara exchanges punches with Alfredo Angulo during their 154-pound title fight in Carson, California, on June 8, 2013.

Bouncing back strong

Lara rebounded from the Williams loss in punishing fashion by hammering Ronald Hearns in a first-round TKO win in Biloxi, Mississippi, in April 2012.

After then defeating Freddy Hernandez, Lara fought Vanes Martirosyan to a draw in a bloody back-and-forth battle in Las Vegas in November 2012.

The fight was stopped in the ninth round after an accidental head butt opened a gash under Martirosyan’s left eye.

Undeterred, Lara next took on Alfredo Angulo in Carson, California, in June 2013, in a 154-pound title fight.

Lara used Angulo’s come-forward style against him via precision counterpunching, which led to a 10th-round TKO win for Lara after a hematoma blossomed around Angulo’s left eye.

Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez
Erislandy Lara shoots a right hand during his fight against Saul "Canelo” Alvarez in Las Vegas on July 12, 2014.

From big promise to even bigger stages

In an intense contrast of styles, Lara moved on from Angulo to face dynamic boxer Austin Trout, beating him in a 12-round unanimous decision in Brooklyn, New York, in December 2013.

The victory over Trout set the stage for the biggest fight of Lara’s career: a July 2014 pay-per-view nontitle clash in Las Vegas with Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Though doubling Alvarez in terms of total punches landed while also landing those punches at a higher accuracy rate, Alvarez earned a split-decision victory in a close, competitive fight.

Lara had an easier time of it in his next fight, defending his world title with a unanimous decision over Ishe Smith in San Antonio in December 2014.

Erislandy Lara and Delvin Rodriguez
Erislandy Lara catches Delvin Rodriguez with a jab during their fight in Chicago on June 12, 2015. (Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

Pitching a shutout in Chicago

Two nights after throwing out the first pitch before the Astros-White Sox baseball game at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, Lara delivered more strikes in the Windy City when he faced Delvin Rodriguez at the UIC Pavilion on June 12, 2015, in a headlining bout on Spike TV.

Lara dominated from the opening bell, landing straight left hands with pinpoint precision and peppering Rodriguez with his jab.

The Cuban southpaw maintained his rhythm for 12 rounds, systematically picking apart Rodriguez with his speed and power.

Rodriguez had no answers against Lara, who scored a knockdown with a left-right combination late in the sixth round.

The dominance was reflected in the scorecards of the judges, all of whom awarded every round to Lara as he retained his 154-pound world title.