Former world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (26-3-3, 15 KOs) regained the vacant WBA super welterweight title with a second round demolition of Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (28-8-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In round two, Lara blasted Alvarez into the ropes and Alvarez was given a count. The bout was waved off moments later on Lara’s follow-up barrage. Time was 2:03.
Only Lara was eligible to win the title after Alvarez weighed 4.6 pounds over the weight limit. Alvarez came into the ring tonight at 177 lbs., Lara at 169.
Lara gained a measure of revenge against the Alvarez family, as Alvarez’ younger brother “Canelo” Alvarez scored a controversial split decision over him in 2014.
“Having this belt back on my shoulder feels great,” said Lara. “It means the world to be champion again. I felt like in my past fights I didn’t lose, and that stings a bit, but to come back and win the title feels great. I’m back.”
“Once I had him against the ropes, I knew I had it won and I didn’t want to give him another power punch to hurt him,” continued Lara. “We expected him to be a little more durable. I thought it was a good stoppage. I hurt him with a lot of shots before I put him down the first time. I hit him real flush with one and I would have gone in for the kill. It was a great job by the referee.”
Alvarez didn’t disagree with the timing of the stoppage saying, “I respect the referee’s decision. I’m going to keep working. It is what it is. I fell down, but I will get up again.”
Lara went on to say, “I’ll fight anyone in the division. I do want to fight the best boxers out there in the division, or go up or down a division to fight Errol Spence Jr. or rematch Canelo Alvarez.”