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 Last update:  5/19/2011       Read more by Rick Reeno            &
Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara Reportedly Done For July 9
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By Rick Reeno

Sources close to the situation have advised that a deal has been reached for a junior middleweight bout between Paul "The Punisher" Williams (39-2, 27KOs) and undefeated Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10KOs). The fight is going to take place on an HBO televised date of July 9. The network had previously approved, and then rejected, a fight between Williams and Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan.

On this very website, back on April 20th, Lara challenged Williams to a fight. The unbeaten Cuban wants redeem himself after fighting to a lackluster ten round draw against Carlos Molina back in March. Williams is also looking to redeem himself. The former champion returns for the first time since suffering a two round knockout defeat to Sergio Martinez back in November.

Tags: Erislandy Lara , Paul Williams

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comment by MJ406, on 05-20-2011
Lara might be in over his head here, but still a much better fight for P-Will than Ishida. and yeah probably too much criticism came from the 155 proposed catchweight with the Ishida fight .... but to all the people defending it ... is there a legit reason to why Paul Williams would need to fi...

comment by Mr Randy Watson, on 05-20-2011
Pwill could outwork lara just like molina did... but if lara is on his game, he just might put on a boxing clinic. This fight is his proving ground for sure.

comment by quique24, on 05-20-2011
LOl trips me out how some of you are boxing fans and never heard of Lara. lol

comment by quique24, on 05-20-2011
I like this fight. Much better that a fight vs Ishida for sure. Lara is very capable of boxing circles around Paul.

comment by size15shoe, on 05-20-2011
Never even heard of Lara..Looking him up, he was on ESPN fighting some other dude Ive never heard of.. I still think Williams-Ishida would have been a better draw ratings-wise and a better scrap, but I guess HBO knows what they are doing, I guess.. Either way, glad to see the Punisher back!

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