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Erislandy Lara Training Hard, Coach Feels He Can Extend Career Like Hopkins

WBA "regular" junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara is back to training hard, as he waits to receive word on his next ring return.

If a last minute change does not occur, Lara (26-3-3, 15 KO) should be returning to the ring in late August or early September as part of the series of cards to land on Fox Sports from Premier Boxing Champions.

Veteran Cuban coach Ismael Salas, who trains Lara, believes the 37-year-old boxer has the tools, and the personal discipline, to extend his career in a similar manner to Bernard Hopkins, who fought beyond 50.

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Lara is very unlikely to fight as long as Hopkins, but he might compete until he's 40.

Outside of the ring, Hopkins always stayed in shape, never partied and always led a healthy lifestyle.

"I have spoken a lot with Lara and we have agreed that if he does what is necessary and takes care of himself as he should, there will be no problem for him to extend his sports life for a longer period of time. He is now 37-years-old, but he is not a beaten boxer nor has he led a complicated life. He can be like Hopkins," Salas told George Ebro.

The man from Guantanamo has not fought since he demolished Ramón “Inocente '' Álvarez, Canelo's older brother, in August of 2019. Lara lost a close points split decision to Canelo in 2014.

Until he receives some concrete information, Lara will continue staying in shape with Salas.

"We are preparing very well for whatever comes," said Salas. “Lara has had an impressive camp. The first camp was good, but this second one has impressed me. Lara is a veteran, he's almost a teacher.'

"You have to take great care of veteran boxers and regulate the intensity of the camps a lot. Lara has a lot to give in the ring, but he must be very smart. I think he understands that. The best thing for him would be to fight once a season, so we will have Lara around for a long time.''

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jab jab boom on 07-31-2020

Lara is cuban, there's a good chance he turned 40 three years ago and we don't even know it.

Comment by Get em up on 07-31-2020

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;20682653]Man that's got to suk to even be thinking about boxing well past 40???[/QUOTE] Yeah most boxers have either given up on the dream or made their money by then. I'm gonna guess it's hard being middle class as a…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 07-31-2020

Man that's got to suk to even be thinking about boxing well past 40???

Comment by Bronx2245 on 07-31-2020

Perfect time for Lara vs. Hurd 2, or Lara vs. J-Rock!

Comment by RossW on 07-31-2020

[QUOTE=jdp28tx;20682554]Lara is no defensive genius like Hopkins. Lara uses his legs way too much and he depends on his legs for all of his defense. He runs in circles stops lets opponent throw punches and he tries to cover up.…

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