Erislandy Lara Wastes Thomas LaManna In One On The Ruiz-Arreola Undercard
Erislandy Lara didn’t really need much time to place Thomas LaManna on the canvas with a picturesque straight left hand to knockout his terribly overmatched opponent to secure the “regular” vacant WBA middleweight title on Saturday night from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, on FOX Sports.
The fight was one of the featured bouts on the Andy Ruiz-Chris Arreola PBC FOX Sports Pay-Per-View undercard.
The Ring’s No. 2-rated junior middleweight, Lara (28-3-3, 16 knockouts) needed just 80 seconds and eight punches to put down and put out LaManna (30-5-1, 12 KOs).
LaManna was clearly out of his class and it showed.
“(LaManna) said at the press conference that he was going to knock me out, but he ran right into that punch,” Lara said. “Maybe he was overthinking it all along.
“I felt strong and sharp tonight at middleweight, but I still want all of the big fights at 154-pounds too. I want the winner of the Jermell Charlo-Brian Carlos Castano unification fight. (WBC Middleweight Champion) Jermall Charlo is like family, we worked in the same gym for years, but this is a sport and I’d welcome the challenge.
“I feel great physically. I’m going to keep doing this until my body tells me I can’t do it anymore. I don’t feel like I’ve taken a lot of punishment in my career and I know I have at least another three years of my prime left.”
Eduardo Ramirez (25-2-3, 12 KOs) grabbed his third-straight knockout victory by stopping Isaac Avelar (17-3, 10 KOs) at 1:16 of the third round.
“I am beyond happy right now,” Ramirez said. “I’m just elated and moved by having been able to fulfill the promise I made to my baby boy Eduardo Ramirez Jr. He just turned two years old and I wasn’t able to be there to give him a hug for his birthday, but I had promised him that I would bring the title back home to him as a gift, and that is exactly what I’m doing now.
“You have to have a stone-cold mindset, and that’s what we had to finish Avelar off. We were able to connect the right combinations to finish the fight off exactly how we wanted.
“This was a perfect coronation. To be honest, I would now like to have the chance to fight against Leo Santa Cruz. I previously fought against Miguel Flores, who barely lasted 4-5 rounds against me, but Leo couldn’t knock him out. This convincing knockout should be my ticket to have that opportunity.”
In other undercard results, Adrian Granados (21-8-3, 15 KOs) and Jose Sanchez (11-1-1, 4 KOs) fought to an eight-round welterweight draw, heavyweight Carlos Negron (23-3, 18 KOs) won an eight-round decision over Scott Alexander (16-4-2, 8 KOs) and featherweight Anthony Garnica (6-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated with a four-round decision over Jesse Bazzi (1-2, 0 KO). Remaining undefeated as an 18-year-old lightweight, Fernando Molina (6-0, 3 KOs) won a six-round decision over Prisco Marquez (4-3-1, 1 KO).
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Magazine/RingTV.com since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be followed on twitter @JSantoliquito.