Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara did what was expected of him when he stopped Ramon (brother of Saul) Alvarez in the second round of their WBA super welterweight title affair at the Minneapolis Armoury live on Fox.
Alvarez missed the championship weight limit by four pounds so was not eligible to win the title not that that was a possibility such was the poor matchmaking of this fight. Alvarez had done nothing to earn this shot other than having a brother that just happens to be a P4P star and one of boxings marque names.
Promotional powerhouse Premier Boxing Champions very rarely serves up a main event as poor as this one. Let's hope that this was just a blip and they return to their usual high standards.
Alvarez behaved like a man that just turned up for the payday, not bothering to train off that last 4 pounds due to the fact that he knew that he was completely over-matched. This was just a showcase event for Lara to show another side to his abilities. Instead of the highly technical boxer that has gone the full 12 rounds in 8 of his last 11 bouts, we saw Lara the puncher.
After a one-sided first-round Lara had to cover-up from a brief Alvarez flurry and then knocked the Mexican back on his heels with a fast, hard jab before landing a hard southpaw left that knocked Alvarez into the ropes. A hard flurry from Lara prompted referee Mark Nelson to give Alvarez a count. Lara then picked his spot and caught his opponent with hard shots to the head until the fight was brought to a halt.
Whilst this was a hollow victory for the skilfull Lara, he can now use his position as a titleholder to get back into the mix with Julian Williams, Jarrett Hurd and the other top 154lb talent in PBC stable.