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Ronnie Shields: Lara should be undefeated, ranked in P4P top 10!

By Peter Lim

World junior middleweight titleholder Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) defends his belt against Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs) at the Barclay’s Center in a Showtime-televised card that will feature two other 154-pound title fights.

On paper, Lara was defeated by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez via split decision in 2014 and by Paul Williams via majority decision in 2011. But in actuality, Lara should be undefeated, according to trainer Ronnie Shields, since those losses were nothing short of daylight robberies.

"I think a lot of people consider him undefeated, absolutely," Shields said. "He's beaten everybody that you've put in front of him."

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Lara, 34, might be one of the most underrated and underappreciated fighters out there, Shields said. Not only should Lara be undefeated, Shields added, he should be considered one of the most elite fighters in the sport today.

"He's definitely in the top 10 in the pound-for-pound guys out there right now," Shields said. "He's proven that over and over. He's beaten the best guys that they’ve put in front of him."

An honors graduate of the school of hit-and-not-get-hit, Lara is no Arturo Gatti. Neither is he a seek-and-destroy action fighter like Hagler or a one-punch knockout artist like Hearns. Outside the ropes, he is neither controversial like Mayweather nor charismatic like Sugar Ray. He speaks little English and doesn’t have movie-star good looks like De La Hoya. You will never see hysterical female fans throwing their panties at him or even die-hard fight aficionados camping in line overnight to purchase tickets to his fights.

"Lara's a pure boxer. That's what he does. He is who he is," Shields said. "Either you love the style or you hate it. He's not going to change the style to please somebody. He's a professional. That's what he is."

"Once you have a style that you've perfected, keep your style," Shields added. "Don't worry about what anybody says or whatever. Don't change your style for anybody. This is the game of boxing. Just like any other sport, once you find something that works for you, that's what you have to continue to do to keep being very successful at it."

See prediction for Charlo vs. Lubin at: http://peterliminator.blogspot.com/2017/10/jermell-charlo-vs-erickson-lubin.html

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Madison on 10-15-2017

no he shouldnt and no he shouldnt.

Comment by BigStomps on 10-15-2017

[QUOTE=Ganondorf;18135695]Lara is not a bad looking man. (No Homo)[/QUOTE] But he's boring as fvck, he has no personality, and he don't speak English. How the fvck are you supposed to attract and connect with fans with all that going against…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 10-14-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18135697]agree with that..... and that..... and that..... Lara is a helluva talent, but not capitalizing on momentum is killing some of these guys with their on-off careers I kinda feel that Rigo got forced into accepting unreasonable terms with Lomachenko.....…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 10-14-2017

[QUOTE=HI-TECH Boxing;18135712]The problem with Lara has always been that he is content to do the minimum to win his fights, most of the time. He never tries to separate himself more.[/QUOTE] I have to agree. It cost him versus Canelo,…

Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 10-14-2017

The problem with Lara has always been that he is content to do the minimum to win his fights, most of the time. He never tries to separate himself more.

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