Erislandy Lara

Erislandy Lara

“The American Dream”

RECORD

25 - 3 - 2

KOs

14

Weight 154 lbs (70 kg)

Age 35

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

Last Fight

loss vs Jarrett Hurd

Apr 07, 2018 / The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

The long-reigning Cuban champion lost his belt by split decision to Jarrett Hurd in Las Vegas.

Latest News

Erislandy Lara News
Jarrett HurdPBC Boxing Video
Apr 9, 2018 / Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara, Jermell Charlo, Lara vs Hurd

Jarrett Hurd hurdles Erislandy Lara, now ready for Jermell Charlo

After scoring the biggest win of his career Saturday night over long-reigning 154-pound champion Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd ready to get right back in the ring for another title unification against WBC titleholder Jermell Charlo.

Lara vs Hurd
Apr 7, 2018 / Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd, Caleb Truax, James DeGale, Julian Williams, Lara vs Hurd, Truax vs DeGale

Hurd defeats Lara to become 154-pound unified champion

Jarrett Hurd's 12th-round knockdown of long-reigning champion Erislandy Lara secured his 154-pound title unification victory Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Lara vs HurdPBC Boxing Video
Apr 5, 2018 / Erislandy Lara, Jarrett Hurd, Lara vs Hurd

Erislandy Lara vs Jarrett Hurd is a matchup of Science vs Violence

A 154-pound title unification between a Cuban master boxer and one of the sport's most powerful knockout artists should provide plenty of intrigue this Saturday night on Showtime.

Fights

Erislandy Lara Fights

Loss vs Jarrett Hurd 22-0-0

Apr 07, 2018 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Erislandy LaraEE LOSES to Jarrett HurdJJ by SD in Round 12 of 12

Oct 14, 2017 Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Terrell GaushaTT by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Yuri Foreman

Jan 13, 2017 Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Miami

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Yuri ForemanYY by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Vanes Martirosyan

May 21, 2016 The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Vanes MartirosyanVV by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Jan Zaveck

Nov 25, 2015 Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Miami

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Jan ZaveckJJ by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Delvin Rodriguez 28-7-4

Jun 12, 2015 UIC Pavilion, Chicago

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Delvin RodriguezDD by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Ishe Smith 26-6-0

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Ishe SmithII 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 AlvarezSS WINS against Erislandy LaraEE by SD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Austin Trout 18-1-2

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Austin TroutAA by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Alfredo Angulo 17-1-2

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Alfredo AnguloAA by TKO in Round 10 of 12

Draw vs Vanes Martirosyan 32-0-0

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

Vanes MartirosyanVV DRAWS with Erislandy LaraEE by TD in Round 9 of 12

Win vs Freddy Hernandez 30-2-0

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Freddy HernandezFF 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 LaraEE WINS against Ronald HearnsRR 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 WilliamsPP WINS against Erislandy LaraEE by MD in Round 12 of 12

Draw vs Carlos Molina 15-0-0

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

Erislandy LaraEE DRAWS with Carlos MolinaCC by MD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Delray Raines 18-8-1

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Delray RainesDD by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Willie Lee 17-6-0

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Willie LeeWW by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs William Correa 8-3-0

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against William CorreaWW 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 LaraEE WINS against Danny PerezDD 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 LaraEE WINS against Grady BrewerGG 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 LaraEE WINS against Jose VarelaJJ 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 LaraEE WINS against Darnell BooneDD by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Edwin Vazquez 22-13-2

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Edwin VazquezEE 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 LaraEE WINS against Chris GrayCC 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 LaraEE WINS against Keith GrossKK 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 LaraEE WINS against Rodrigo AguiarRR by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Deniss Aleksejevs 4-21-2

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

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Deniss AleksejevsDD by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Ivan Maslov 3-0-1

Jul 04, 2008 Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, Ankara, Turkey

Erislandy LaraEE WINS against Ivan MaslovII by PTS in Round 4 of 4

Stats

Erislandy Lara “The American Dream”

  • WINS 25
  • LOSSES 3
  • DRAWS 2
  • KOs 14

Weight 154 lbs (70 kg)

Height 5'9" (1.75 m)

Reach 74" (188 cm)

  • Born

    April 11, 1983
  • Age

    35
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Guantanamo
  • Trains in

    Houston, TX
  • Stance

    Southpaw
  • Rounds Boxed

    199
  • KO Percentage

    47%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Erislandy Lara 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.