At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Erislandy Lara improved his record to 25-2-2 while retaining his WBA Super Champion status in the Super Welterweight division with a unanimous decision victory over Terrell Gausha.
Terrell Gausha entered the fight as a decorated American Olympian that was undefeated in the professional ranks but he was very untested and taking a huge step up in class to take on Lara.
The fight was a no-thrills affair as Lara took Gausha to school with his slick Cuban southpaw style of fighting straight from the opening bell.
The fans got restless at times but as Paulie Malignaggi pointed out after Lara scored a knockdown off an uppercut in the fourth round; “The fans need to be more patient.”
Lara was so effective with his style of boxing that Gausha was tentative to throw much of anything at all, ending the fight having thrown less than thirty punches per round; about half of his normal rate.
Lara is a well-preserved 34 years old and said in the post fight that he had not even taken a look at Gausha on film, offering up “I don’t study boxing film I take the rhythm of the boxing match and take over.”
When Jim Gray asked why Gausha was so tentative to throw Lara said “He is not a stupid fighter he is an intelligent fighter and he knew who he was facing.”
As for what is next for Erislandy Lara; there are plenty of options. He could fight ex stable mate Jermell Charlo, who scored a huge victory with a first round knockout of Erickson Lubin just before Lara took the stage in the main event. Otherwise there is also Jarrett Hurd, who became the first man to stop Austin Trout also on the same card.
Lara is willing to take on the young guns at super middleweight or the bigger name draws a division north at middleweight. In any case; the WBA super champion matches up well with the many options out there and he is not showing signs of slowing down.