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Lara pitches a 12 round shutout over Rodriguez

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By John J. Raspanti


Talented WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (21-2, 12 KOs) regained his title for the third time by dominating game Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs) over 12 rounds Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

All three judges scored the fight 120-107 for Lara, who also floored Rodriguez in round six.

Rodriguez wasn’t expected to give Lara much of a fight, but he tried everything he could think of against his skilled opponent.

Lara, a southpaw, rocked Rodriguez a number of times with a straight left hand. Rodriguez tried to land something significant to Lara’s body in the middle rounds, but Lara; cool and collective, stabbed Rodriguez with jabs, backed up, and unloaded combinations.


Rodriguez resembled a minor league hitter trying to compete in the major leagues. He was missing more than he was landing. Lara connected with two hard shots to the body that knocked Rodriguez back a step.

In round six, Lara, 32, almost closed the show. A classic one-two down the pike floored Rodriguez for an eight count. The challenger from Danbury, CT. pulled himself up and survived the rest of the round.

Rodriguez, 35, came out with more fire in round seven, but Lara can be the invisible man in the ring. He slipped and moved away before Rodriguez could punch.

Lara continued to pick Rodriguez apart in the last few rounds. He threw hooks and uppercuts from anywhere in the ring.

The gutsy Rodriguez surprised Lara late in the fight with a straight right hand. Lara, a Cuban defector residing in Houston, wobbled Rodriguez in rounds 10 and 12, but Rodriguez fired back with blows.

“The future is clear,” said Lara in the ring after the fight. “We want Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.”

Will any of the big four accept his challenge?


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