After six weeks of intense training, No. 1 rated WBA light middleweight contender Erislandy Lara (17-1, 11 KO’s) is fully prepared to give fans a great fight when he faces Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo (22-2, 18 KO’s), in their bout for the vacant WBA Interim title at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Saturday(June 8).
Lara, an elusive southpaw with great boxing skills, is known for his ring intelligence. He is up against a fighter in Angulo who applies a tremendous amount of pressure. Lara has vowed to take his boxing skills to the next level against Angulo and show the boxing world why he is the best fighter in the division.
"Angulo is a very tough fighter who can overwhelm his opponents with the pressure style he brings to the ring," said Lara. "I know I’m up against a very tough challenge, but he’s never been in the ring with a world class fighter like me. There is nothing he does that I haven’t already seen. My goal is to give him a boxing lesson and win my first world championship on June 8."
Lara’s trainer Ronnie Shields sees traits in his fighter that he believes cannot be matched by anyone in the division.
"I don’t see any fighters in the super welterweight division that can match skills with Lara," said a confident Shields. "Lara is in a class of his own. He’s one of the most advanced fighters I’ve been around in a very long time and I can say that with confidence."
Lara continued, "My trainer Ronnie Shields and I are extremely confident we have the right strategy to expose Angulo’s weaknesses. With my co-managers Bob Santos and Luis DeCubas Jr. guiding my career and Edward Jackson doing my strength and conditioning, I feel I’m unstoppable."
June 4, 2013