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WBC orders Lara vs. Martirosyan 154lb final elimination bout

Erislandy Lara Vanes MartirosyanBy Allan Fox: In what will likely be a futile effort on the World Boxing Council’s part, they have ordered a final elimination bout for Erislany Lara (17-1-1, 11 KO’s) and Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KO’s) to decide the mandatory challenger for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez.

This is probably going to be a waste of an effort on the WBC’s part because Martirosyan has previously declined a fight with Lara for a mandatory spot, as well as saying no to a fight against Alfredo Angulo when he was the #1 WBC contender at 154. Instead, Martirosyan, #4 WBC, has been busy lately beating guys like 42-year-old journeyman Troy Lowry, Richard Gutierrez, Saul Roman and Bladimir Hernandez.

It would be great if Martirosyan accepted the fight with Lara, because we would finally get to see if Martirosyan is as good as his resume and high ranking would have you believe but it’s not likely to happen. It looks like Martirosyan is being steered towards soft opposition to get him a title shot.

Martirosyan will be facing journeyman Ryan Davis (24-9-3, 9 KO’s) in a 10 round bout on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire vs Jeffrey Mathebula, Kelly Pavlik vs. Will Rosinsky fights at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Lara, #3 WBC, is coming off of an impressive 10 round unanimous decision over Freddy Hernandez last Saturday night.

Lara would likely dominate Martirosyan and beat him by a lopsided 12 round decision. I could see Lara knocking Martirosyan out if he could catch up to him. Martirosyan likes to move a lot and he’d probably be running all around the ring to try and avoid getting hit.

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