The odds-makers have made WBA Super World junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) a heavy favorite to defeat former WBA 154lb champion Yuri Foreman on January 13th next month.
The Lara vs. Foreman fight will be taking place at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, Florida. Former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell fights Norbert Nemesapati in the 10 round co-feature fight. Premier Boxing Champions televises the card on Spike TV. I doubt the ratings will be high for this card.
Lara’s management picked out Foreman as his opponent, and it looks like a REALLY bad mismatch of epic proportions. Lara has fought some realty awful opponents since he won the WBA title two years ago, but his takes the whole cake with the 36-year-old Foreman being picked out.
Bovada has Lara the favorite by the line -100000 to +1600 for Foreman. It’s really not hard to understand their reasoning for seeing Lara as a MONSTROUS favorite in this fight. He’s just a far better fighter on paper than Foreman. Even if Foreman was still in his prime, which he’s clearly is not, this would be a bad fight.
Foreman made a comeback in 2015. He’d been out of boxing for two years. Foreman has not beaten the cream of the junior middleweight crop since returning to the ring in 2015. He’s taken a couple of journeyman level opponents in Jenwood Dozier (9-8-1) and Jason Davis (13-11-2) and beaten them. The World Boxing Association has responded to these wins in giving Foreman a #9 ranking with their organization. The WBA has Foreman ranked above some very good fighters in Erickson Lubin and Liam Williams. I think Foreman would be in trouble against both of those guys.
Lara has defended his title against Vanes Martirosyan, Jan Zaveck, Delvin Rodriguez and Ishe Smith.
Joshua and Klitschko fight has sold 50,000 tickets in 1st batch for April 29 fight
It looks like IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s fight against Wladimir Klitschko will do splendidly on April 29 at Wembley Stadium. With the tickets just recently on sale for the fight, 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the 90,000 seat stadium in London, England. Somewhere out there is Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn smiling like the Cheshire cat with the news of the sales numbers? The fight is almost guaranteed to sellout before April 29. Sky Box Office PPV will be selling the fight in the UK. I can’t wait to hear what the final PPV numbers for the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight.
I don’t think it’s a great fight, but it won’t matter that it’s a mismatch. The fight is going to make Joshua and Wladimir quite rich.