Animosity, bad blood and controversy settled as Erislandy Lara clearly dominates Vanes Martirosyan during their junior middleweight rematch at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Saturday night on PBC on Showtime CBS.
Lara’s (23-2-2, 13 KOs) accuracy and skillful ring movement carried the night as he won on three judges scorecards to settle a first fight controversial draw that haunted both fighters.
The champion’s left hand find it’s target throughout the course of the fight. While Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs) struggled to keep his rhythm to a very elusive opponent who keeps on changing direction.
Overall it was a close fight to call, but Lara’s clean connection upstairs really made the difference, while Vanes over-committed to body punching. Prior to the fight Martirosyan talked about going into the body, which he did but with very limited effect as he’s not your one-punch KO guy.
The unnecessary point deduction also added the frustration of the challenger. Martirosyan deducted a point on each scorecard for a second ‘low blow’ that landed along the belt line as seen on the replay.
The official scores were 116-111, 116-111, 115-112 all for Lara for the unanimous decision.
During the post-fight interview, Although Vanes complained about the point the deduction, but he was so cordial about the decision and congratulated Lara.
At the the locker room Vanes showed another class act once again. He approached Lara and the two hugged, showing utmost respect at each other after all was said and done.
Meanwhile the first two card header showed the Charlo brothers handled their respective opponents. Jermall Charlo had to go for 12 rounds for the first time in his career and managed a tough skillful fight against Austin Trout. It was a tactical fight wherein both fighters showed superior boxing skills and intensity but at the end it was Jermall who came out victorious. The scorecards were: 15-113, 116-112, and 116-112, which is fair enough.
Jermell Charlo on the other hand rallied from behind in order to stop John Jackson and took also another alphabet title at the 154-pound division.
We have a very colorful, deep and multi-talent 154-pound division. And of course, Canelo who might just come back to JMW following his decision of dumping the middleweight title that released intense pressure because of a deadline set for him to face the MW number one contender GGG.