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'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. 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. 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. 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? 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. 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.  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 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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