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Lara Will Aim To Crush HBO's Martinez-Williams Plan

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has been advised by numerous sources that HBO is interested in setting up a trilogy fight between Sergio Martinez (47-2, 26KOs) and Paul Williams (39-2, 27KOs). Williams won a close twelve round split decision over Martinez in December of 2009, but Martinez got his revenge with a two round brutal knockout in November of 2010. Williams (15-0-1, 10KOs) returns to action on July 9 against unbeaten junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara.

"It has come to our attention that Paul Williams and his braintrust decided to face a southpaw in his first fight back on HBO for the sole purpose of setting up a rubbermatch with middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez," said Lara's adviser, Greg Leon.

"In my opinion nobody wants to see a third fight between Martinez and Williams, but HBO has forgotten more about boxing than I will ever know. Team Lara is grateful to HBO for allowing us the opportunity to showcase his talents against one of the best fighters in the world."

Lara's manager, Luis DeCubas Jr., wants his boxer to secure the same post-fight opportunity as Williams. If Lara defeats Williams, DeCubas wants an immediate fight with Martinez, who does have an date of October 1 reserved with HBO.

"When Erislandy takes care of business on July 9, he wants the same opportunity that appears to be virtually etched in stone for Mr. Williams, a shot at the great middleweight champion Sergio Martinez," said DeCubas Jr. "Some might not agree with my victorious expectations on July 9, but I believe you'd be hard pressed to find somebody who thinks Lara is capable of doing worse against Martinez than Williams did on November 20, 2010."

BoxingScene spoke with Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, who does appear receptive to a fight with Lara - if he beats Williams in July - but DiBella doesn't expect that outcome.

"HBO does have some interest in a third fight between Martinez and Williams, and if Lara beats Paul Williams in July, then he's certainly earned the right to fight Martinez, but I don't expect that to happen [Lara beating Williams]," DiBella said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by betmen on 06-02-2011

[QUOTE=No Ceilings;10630204]He didnt crush him the first time. In the rematch he got caught it happens. The first round looked just like the first fight. And I dissagree Lara has tons of talent. Hes a little green but defenitly no…

Comment by bose on 06-01-2011

williams wants a rematch like any beaten fighter would, the payday isn't bad either

Comment by rogdogx on 06-01-2011

[QUOTE=vacon04;10631979]I'm sorry but I just don't see it. Yeah it may make good money for both of them, but from what I've seen, Martinez would KO Williams again. Yeah it would show that Williams is brave and that he's willing…

Comment by rogdogx on 06-01-2011

i badly wat 2 see pwil s-mart 3.laras ppl blowin smoke. this will be a fun fight 2. glad the punisher is back!!!

Comment by Pullcounter on 06-01-2011

[quote=Bushbaby;10630067]That's why I love the Punisher.There aren't many boxers willing to get back into the ring with the very fighter that almost ended their career.Real throwback fighter,1 of the last active 1's.I don't think the Punisher will beat Martinez again,but…

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