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Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/13/17

Foreman vs. Lara

Boxing: Friday, January 13, 2017 (Hialeah Park Racing & Casino)

The Line: Foreman +3000 / Lara -7000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SpikeTV

Erislandy Lara and Yuri Foreman fight Friday night at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino for the WBA and IBO light middleweight titles.

Erislandy Lara enters this fight with a 23-2-2 record that includes 13 knockouts. Lara has won his last four fights and is coming off a May win over Vanes Martirosyan. Lara continues to impress despite getting up there in age (33) and a fifth straight victory could put him in position to get another big payday. Lara is one of the better technical boxers out there who is sharp defensively and lands very accurate punches on the offensive end. Lara simply knows how to wins round with his 74 inch reach and rarely puts himself in danger. Lara has also never clearly lost a fight with his two losses coming by majority or split decision. The one knock on Lara is that he doesn’t have a ton of power with only two of his last seven wins coming by knockout. This will be Lara’s fourth time fighting in Florida.

Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 1/13/17

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Yuri Foreman enters this fight with a 34-2 record that includes 10 knockouts. Foreman has won his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Jason Davis. Foreman is out to prove he can still box at a high level at 36 years old and this will be the biggest fight for him since losing the WBA light middleweight title to Miguel Cotto in 2010. Foreman has really slowed down with his workload as he’s gotten older and should be well prepared to give an honest effort in this fight. When in good form, Foreman is a solid defensive fighter despite being knocked out twice, and he does a nice job of controlling the fight. Like Lara, power isn’t going to be a big factor, as 12 of Foreman’s last 14 victories have been decided by decisions. This will be Foreman’s third time fighting in Florida.

Foreman shouldn’t be disrespected, as he is a former champion, has well over 200 rounds under his belt and has been in the ring with some quality names. However, at this point in time, this is a cherry picked fight for Lara and is simply a bout to keep the Cuban busy. There’s nothing that the aging Foreman can do with Lara at this point in his career, as El Oro de Guantanamo is younger, stronger and simply the far better boxer who has never truly clearly lost a fight in his career. It’ll be fun to see Lara box and set off what should be a fun 2017 season, but the outcome of this bout will never be in doubt.

Lara wins this fight easily.

Erislandy Lara

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