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.
On a gray, occasionally rainy day in Chicagoland, the atmosphere inside the Virgin Hotel was convivial, filled with bright, coordinated T-shirts of fighter’s teams, brighter matching tracksuits and the brightest of all: Erislandy Lara’s underpants.
Erislandy Lara faces down Delvin Rodriguez on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET/PT). How does the Latin Snake, Sergio Mora, see it going down?
Erislandy Lara was among 35 passengers on a speedboat navigating the tumultuous, bone-chilling Yucatán Channel, a 135-mile strait between Cuba and Mexico that tossed the vessel like a tiny toy in a hot tub.
Erislandy Lara has accomplished plenty in the ring since defecting from Cuba and embarking on a professional career in 2008, dispatching several big-name fighters on his way to winning a world title.
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.
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.