Erislandy Lara had to wait out a rainstorm Wednesday night before he could get in the ring with Jan Zaveck. Once there, though, the Cuban star didn’t waste any time defending his 154-pound world title in South Florida.
Erislandy Lara might not be long for the 154-pound ranks. Jan Zaveck is just getting started there.
For more than a decade, Jan Zaveck maintained the fitness discipline of a supermodel, his weight fluctuating no more than 1½ pounds for 35 of his first 36 professional fights.
At some point, a move to 160 pounds might be in the cards for Erislandy Lara. Could even be as soon as next year. And if the 154-pound champ does step up in weight, there’s a fighter in that division that has a reputation—as Lara does—for having slightly reluctant opposition.
Erislandy Lara is a Cuban defector who epitomizes his nickname—“The American Dream”—as much as anyone in boxing. So it’s only fitting that Lara’s next title defense would be staged the day before Thanksgiving—and in his adopted hometown.