Artur Beterbiev knows a little something about putting a sudden stop to things, having dispensed of all nine of his professional opponents by knockout. Unfortunately, the undefeated Canadian-based Russian slugger now knows what it feels like to be unable to finish what you start.
Erislandy Lara hasn’t always had sterling luck with the judges. Losses to Paul Williams and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can attest to that. The former tough-luck (or outright befuddling) loss made Lara so angry he came out and flattened Ronald Hearns in a minute and a half.
Artur Beterbiev has never experienced the feeling that he’s currently speaking of. “I go until the ref says ‘stop’ or the other person is on the floor and doesn’t get up,” he explains through an interpreter. “Or else I don’t feel that I finished the fight.”
Spike TV is back with another episode of Lights Out, following Erislandy Lara through training camp in Texas and Delvin Rodriguez through his hikes in Connecticut.
As a young boy, he dreamed of being an astronaut. As a grown man, he sends other dudes into orbit.
His nickname is “The American Dream,” but the ice cube-slick Erislandy Lara has proven to be far closer to a nightmare—when he’s in the ring, at least.