Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Fast-rising Cuban hotshot Erislandy Lara clashes with former welterweight world title challenger Freddy Hernandez on Saturday, June 30 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California but believes that a replication of his first round drubbing of Ronald Hearns could mean he becomes an even more avoided fighter than he currently is: “The [big] fights will come sooner or later,” the 29-year-old southpaw recently hoped.
The victim of a controversial split decision loss to Paul Williams last summer and the victor in a first round knockout win over Hearns are two results that have propelled Lara (16-1-1, 11ko) into territory where he is perceived to have great talent but is yet to establish a name as familiar as, for three examples, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto or Saul Alvarez.
Currently, he is therefore a high risk/low reward contender, but that does not dishearten the Florida resident as he has confidence in his management team to align him with the right opponents that will see him manoeuvred into a junior middleweight world title shot. Speaking ahead of his punch-up with Hernandez, Lara said: “If I go out there and do what I did to Ronald Hearns [then] no one is going to want to fight me.
“Freddy Hernandez is a very good fighter,” he added. “I’m prepared for anything he’s going to bring, but he needs to be worried about what I plan to bring.”
On his reputation as a fighter whom is avoided by the elite in his division, Lara said: “I’m not frustrated that fighters avoid me. I just have to keep working hard and taking care of the fighters my promoter puts in front of me. The big fights will come sooner or later.
“These guys can run but they can’t hide.”