Erislandy Lara vs. Ronald Hearns

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Official Fight Poster

Erislandy Lara 157 lbs beat Ronald Hearns 156 lbs by TKO at 1:34 in round 1 of 10


  • Erislandy Lara 15-1-1 (10 KOs) vs. Ronald Hearns 26-2 (20 KOs)
  • Fight was on the undercard of Jermain Taylor vs. Caleb Truax.
  • Lara came in ranked as the #4 junior middleweight contender in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Hearns, a 13/1 betting underdog, was unranked by the same publication. [1] [2]
  • Lara entered with a record of 0-1-1 in his previous two with a highly-contested decision loss to Paul Williams nine months prior and a draw to Carlos Molina.
  • Hearns entered following a 7th Round TKO loss 14 months earlier to Felix Sturm.
  • It was the earliest loss of Hearns's professional career to date and the third time he had lost by knockout.

Bout Summary

Lara dropped Hearns early with a straight left hand. Hearns received a standing eight-count moments later following a barrage from Lara. Allowed to continue, Lara continued the attack causing the referee to call an end to the bout with Hearns in trouble.