This week in boxing history, PBC looks back at a pair of heavyweight legends defending their crowns, two pulse-raising bouts that were named Fight of the Year and a history-making night in the 154-pound division.
Neither Erislandy Lara nor with Vanes Martirosyan were satisfied with the result of their first fight in November 2012, a foul-filled match that ended in a ninth-round technical draw after an accidental headbutt caused a deep cut under Martirosyan's left eye.
The last time Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan shared a boxing ring, opinions were evenly split as to who won the highly competitive yet prematurely stopped fight at Wynn Resort in Las Vegas.
Vanes Martirosyan’s career was essentially unblemished until a clash of heads resulted in its first imperfection. Now, 3½ years later, the fighter finally gets a chance to redeem himself.
Erislandy Lara has never been known for his devastating punching power, as just half of his 26 fights have ended in a knockout. Yet the 154-pound champion contends he’ll be channeling his inner Mike Tyson in his rematch with Vanes Martirosyan.
Vanes Martirosyan is taking every precaution possible to make sure he doesn’t get turned around in his rematch with Erislandy Lara.
Canelo Alvarez’s devastating sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan in Las Vegas on Saturday night made quite the impression on the boxing community—with perhaps one exception.
Six of the top boxers in the loaded 154-pound division … fighting for three world titles … all on one night under one roof in Las Vegas? Talk about a jackpot for fight fans.