Re: The Future of CUBA in the Pros, by Weightclasses. (List Inside) ***UPDATED/VIDEO*
Unbeaten #3 WBC Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KO’s) will finally be facing his first quality opponent of his career when he takes on #2 WBC Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KO’s) in a WBC 154 pound final eliminator bout on November 10th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The winner of the Lara-Martirosyan fight will become the mandatory challenger for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, although they’ll have to wait around to fight him until next year some time if they’re lucky. Golden Boy Promotions will likely draw it out for as long as possible before they put their young star Alvarez in with either Lara or Martirosyan.
Lara, 29, looks like a solid favorite to beat the 26-year-old Martirosyan. He can do everything that Martirosyan, but much better. Martirosyan is a really good fighter, but he has problems against guys with accurate punches and fast hands. We saw Martirosyan win a controversial decision against a past his best Kassim Ouma in January 2010, and he’s not faced anyone even half as good as Ouma since then.