Ronald Hearns v Erislandy Lara: A Blatant Mismatch?
By Sevak Sarkisian: As most boxing fans know, Ronald Hearns and Erislandy Lara will be squaring off against each other on April 20th. Both fighters are coming off of losses. Hearns hasnít fought in over a year and was tkoíd by middleweight titlist Felix Sturm in the 7th round of their affair. On the other hand, Erislandy Lara fought this past July against Paul Williams. Lara officially lost the fight by decision but anyone who watched the fight knows he clearly won. He simply couldnít miss with his left cross and Paul undoubtedly took a beating that night.
Unfortunately Hearnís has not inherited his fatherís punching power, however he does have a decent jab that he likes to throw a lot. Like his father he is tall and has a good reach for a middleweight. However, he does not have an extensive amateur back round and does not possess world class skills. On the other hand Lara is a very well-schooled fighter from Cuba. He was the 2005 amateur world champion and had a very celebrated amateur career. He is also a southpaw and a very accurate puncher with world class skills. On April 20 he will be in against a much bigger and taller man but his skills should be more than enough for him to come out victorious. It looks like as if Hearnís promoters are cashing out on him and throwing him to the wolves. This is a huge mis-match and I expect Lara to win by TKO fairly easily.