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Erislandy Lara Shoots Back at Paul Williams' Verbal Jabs

By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

Junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10KOs) has responded to BoxingScene.com's recent interview with Paul "The Punisher" Williams (40-2, 27KOs). In the interview, Williams discussed several topics, including his controversial majority decision win over Lara from July. Williams and Lara are being discussed for a tentative doubleheader on January 21.

BoxingScene.com: How do you feel about Williams saying you would hit him with only one or two shots per round?

The way his faced ended up I guess they were hard shots. I landed 224 punches to his 200. I landed at a 50% ratio. Look, Paul williams is a tremendous fighter I was the better man than night. Period.

BoxingScene.com: Would you fight Williams outside of 154lbs?

I would fight Williams in three different weight classes. We can do 147, 154 or 160 we can fight 3 weeks in a row at those 3 weight classes it doesn't matter I'm a fighter. But hey I feel Williams needs a tune-up fight he isn't ready for the rematch right now.

BoxingScene.com: He said your style didn't throw him off that you did a lot of running? Your thoughts?

I'd have a lot more respect for Williams if he's admit like a man he lost. How can he say he won? HBO had it 9-3. There wasn't one ringside commentator or writer that had him winning. So let me guess you and Peterson and the 3 stooges are the only one who think you won?

BoxingScene.com: How do you think a rematch would play out?

Williams is a big guy who throws lots of punches you gotta respect that. Any fighter who steps in the ring I respect it takes courage. I think it would be a tough fight. I guarantee you one thing he's gonna take the first step backwards. I would go for the knockout.

BoxingScene.com: Do you ever think he will face you again?

If he does great, if he doesn't great. All the fans saw who won the fight and that's who I care about. I work so hard and train so my fans can say 'hey my guy won tonight' and on July 9 when I beat Williams my fans were ecstatic. So if he wants to wash the blood stains away here I am if not I'm still here to fight the best fighters in the world.

BoxingScene.com:  In closing?

There's very few fighters that can look in the Mirror and say 'I don't duck nobody.' It makes me sleep good at night. I fight for all Latinos, Americans, Europeans across the world. I love all my fans and I promise you one thing I will always be ready to fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. Thanks Gatos!

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheSurgeonMDMPH on 12-13-2011

I used to be a huge PW fans until I saw he was nothing more than a darker version of margarito. his skill is limited by his ignorance and stubbornness. His trainer is dumber than dirt with the same strategy…

Comment by b0ndsj0ns20 on 12-13-2011

As much as I love PW I was there in AC that night and he should never get back in the ring with Lara. He lost that fight 8-4 on my card, and even though he fought bravely and never…

Comment by SoulByThePound on 12-13-2011

[QUOTE=NaijaD;11557547]not lamont peterson, George Peterson who is pauls trainer.[/QUOTE] oh...........

Comment by JimmyMcNulty on 12-13-2011

[QUOTE=brains4boxing;11557562]lara fought paul @the right time...comin off a knock out lost 2 martinez....paul has beat every1 he lost 2[/QUOTE] Should probably proofread before you post....

Comment by brains4boxing on 12-13-2011

lara fought paul @the right time...comin off a knock out lost 2 martinez....paul has beat every1 he lost 2...in a rematch i like paul williams....he's rested...he fought the toughest competition....he runs through lara n the rematch...especially if he use his…

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