Hearns destroyed as Lara’s back into the groove, boy, he got to prove his power on TV

21 Apr

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara annihilated Ronald Hearns at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday, April 20. Highly-rated Cuban southpaw Lara exhibited brutal power as Hearns was canvassed from the first meaningful shot. The American never recovered, took a standing eight moments later before getting dropped – and staying there – a final time before two minutes of boxing had even been completed.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Official verdict: Lara by KO (1:54 seconds into round one).

For both fighters, the Lara v Hearns match-up represented a hopeful comeback following a loss, albeit in different circumstances. Duped out of a deserved victory against Paul Williams, Lara – regarded to be one of the most skilful operators at 154lbs – was eager for an official win. Hearns, meanwhile, had embarked on a year long hiatus after a stoppage defeat suffered during his world title challenge against Felix Sturm. It was Lara, though, whose comeback was successful.

Even though Hearns began the fight well, working behind a sturdy orthodox jab that was thrown from waist-level, he succumbed to a torrent of physical abuse as, following three counts, Hearns was left dangerously horizontal.

The first knockdown was a crisp, hard left that landed cleanly on Hearns’ chin. He made it to his feet but was on considerably buckled knees and, when allowed to continue, came face-to-face and toe-to-toe with a fierce Lara desperately seeking the swift finish who forced the third man in the ring to administer a standing eight count after Hearns was kept up via use of the ropes.

The referee eventually intervened and put a permanent end to the contest with less than two minutes of boxing completed as two left hands saw Hearns look even more lost, dazed and confused than he had been before.

Lara, back in junior middleweight prominence and significance and surely the best fighter at the weight without a world title, sees his record jump up to 16-1-1, 11ko with the first round knockout victory while Hearns, who has now failed his two most significant examinations, dropped to 26-3-0, 20ko.

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