Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, WBA World super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara(21-2-2, 12 KOs), from Houston, Texas, by way of Guantanamo, Cuba, decisioned Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KOs), from Danbury, Connecticut, via Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, over 12 rounds to retain his 154-pound super welterweight title.
Lara, a former Cuban Olympic star, played with Rodriguez, who ate southpaw jabs and failed to close the distance. All three judges scored the fight 120-107 for Lara.
Lara’s best round was the sixth, when he dropped Rodriguez to the canvas. The bell to end the round, with Rodriguez at his feet, prevented Lara from recording a knockout.
Many fight fans at the UIC Pavilion expected Lara to finish him off, but Rodriguez was tougher than expected and managed to go the distance.