Erislandy Lara Discusses The Bout With Ronald Hearns

By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

Junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-1, 10KOs) finally has a fight on his hands. The Cuban boxer has been inactive since a controversial decision loss to Paul Williams on July 9th. He returns on February 11th against the son of a legend, Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20KOs), at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Lara's fight is a co-feature to the Showtime televised main event between welterweights Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz Hey Erislandy, congrats on your next fight. What do you think of Hearns?

Thank you. I think Hearns is a good fighter. He comes from a family background in boxing. He's a good puncher like his father and we will work on the right strategy to dominate him on February 11. Are you disappointed that you are not fighting Paul Williams?

No. Williams is the one who should be disappointed. I beat him and the world knows it let's move on to other fights. If he wants a rematch after this fight - I'm open to it. We could do winner takes all, you know what I'm saying. I've never turned down anybody! The big boss [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer has huge plans for me in 2012 and I won't let him down. I want Sergio Martinez in 2012. Who would you like next?

I'm fighting this fight at 157 so I could move to 160 to fight Martinez. I could go down to 147 to fight the winner of Berto-Ortiz 2. Also, I would love to fight the winner of Kirkland vs Molina at 154. I'm willing to fight anyone in 3 different weight classes. There's many options out there and I'll leave that to my manager Luis Decubas Jr. There isno doubt you are willing to fight the best. I sure hope one of them decide to fight you. Your thoughts?

Look, you can run but you can't hide forever. That goes for anyone from 147 to 160 pounds. I want to fight the best. I will stay sharp against Hearns who I respect for accepting to fight me not to many are willing as we all know and I will keep working hard in the gym and my time will come. In closing?

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I'm in camp training hard and really want to shine on February 11. I would like to thank my manger and Golden Boy for putting me on this huge card at the MGM Grand. I want to send love to all my family, friends and fans across the world. Make sure you tune in to watch a great card on February 11 on Showtime.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 12-24-2011

Lara should call Cotto ot as well. It would be great if he could make 147 though, he would be a force at that weight.ayweather would be a great fight between 2 great technicans.

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 12-24-2011

It's telling that this is Lara's second fight in the middleweight division because he can't get anyone at 154.

Comment by nycsmooth on 12-24-2011

w/his limited oposition & weak chin Hearns will not win...

Comment by TheSlickster on 12-24-2011

Lara is a beast. I hope him and Molina have a rematch and then after, he gets a title. He deserves one. Too bad Canelo knows he'd get his ass kicked.

Comment by AHaterOfHate on 12-24-2011

i think Lara would beat everyone at 154 and alot of the bums at 160.. especially Martinez..

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