Lara retains his strap picks up IBO belt, Hernandez dominates Angulo at the Microsoft theater.

Lara retains his strap picks up IBO belt, Hernandez dominates Angulo at the Microsoft theater.

Saturday night PBC on Fox broadcast from the Microsoft theater, headlining the card was WBA regular 154 lb title holder Erislandy Lara taking on Massachusetts native Greg Vendetti in defense of his title and for the divisions vacant IBO strap. It was a one sided affair despite the efforts of Vendetti who had no answers for the elite boxing skills of Lara. When the contest was over judge Carla Caiz seen it 116-112 while judges Lou Moret and Zachary Young seen it 117-111 all in favor or Erislandy Lara.

With the win and now two secondary titles in his possession, Erislandy Lara improved to 27-3-3 (15) while Greg Vendetti now stands at 22-4-1(12). As the division has several important title contest coming up including a unification bout between, WBA/IBF unified titlist Jeison Rosario and  WBC belt holder Jermell Charlo I expect to see Lara in against the winner sometime late fall or early 2021.

In the welterweight co-feature between undefeated prospects Abram Martinez and Luis Arcon fans were given a much closer, more exciting contest. It  was a slow start as both fighters felt each other out the first round, Martinez scored a knockdown in round two before Arcon was able to adjust and work his way back into the fight. The pair traded momentum in the mid and late rounds then in the final round Arcon would score a knockdown over Martinez moment before the final bell. When scores were read judges seen it 76-74 for Martinez, 76-74 for Arcon and 75-75 once declaring it a split draw.

With the win Abram Martinez improved to 8-0-1(6) while Luis Arcon now stands at 10-0-1. This was a great learning experience for both men especially Arcon the former Olympian for Venezuela. Until Saturday night neither had been tested before now both know what they need to do if either expects to take that next step in their careers.

Opening the night would be former junior middleweight title holder Alfredo Angulo taking on late replacement Vladimir Hernandez in a super  middleweight contest. While Hernandez was a late replacement for former IBF title holder Caleb Truax who fell ill several days before the  contest, it mattered none for him or Angulo.

As always Angulo started slow a bad habit even in his prime but the enthusiasm of Hernandez didn’t help. As the bout opened Hernandez used  volume to keep Angulo on the defensive, later in the fight he contnued to apply pressure forcing Angulo to shell up against the ropes.

There were times Angulo looked as though he might be able to use his power to slow Hernandez down, those burst of energy were short and Hernandez would answer back with combinations again putting Angulo on the ropes. When scores were announced all three judges seen it 98-92 in favor of Vladimir Hernandez who improved to 12-4(6). While Alfredo Angulo had a fairly good 2019 scoring two wins, one against former middleweight title holder Peter Quillin. Its evident that Angulo and his time as a fighter of meaning is long past, if he continues much longer he will end up a name on a resume for a young prospect.

In Undercard action

Junior Middleweight-Brian Mendoza 19-1(13) def. Thomas LaManna 28-4-1(10) via UD 10

Super Lightweight-Justin Pauldo 14-1(7) def. Josec Ruiz 21-4-3(14) via UD 8

Super Lightweight- Jose Valenzuela 6-0 (3) def. Zack Kuhn 10-6-1(5) via KO 1.

 

 

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