Lem Satterfield

Lara signs with Haymon

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Southpaw junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara has signed with Al Haymon, Lara’s manager, Luis DeCubas Jr, told RingTV.com on Wednesday.

A 29-year-old native of Cuba who lives in Miami, Lara (17-1-1, 11 knockouts) is coming off last Saturday night’s  Showtime-televised unanimous decision over Freddie Hernandez (30-3, 20 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., which followed up his first-round knockout of Ronald Hearns in April.

Prior to facing Hearns, Lara had not been in the ring since July of last year, when he lost a disputed majority decision to fellow southpaw Paul Williams.

“Al Haymon is one of the smartest people in the business, and obviously, whenever you can make one of the smartest people in the business a part of your team, then I think you’ve got to do it,” said DeCubas Jr. of Lara, whose victory over Hernandez was on the undercard of a rematch between IBF titleholder Cornelius Bundrage and Cory Spinks, who was knocked out in the seventh round.

“My job is to look out for the best interest of Erislandy Lara, and I feel that it would be in his best interest to bring in Al Haymon. Every fighter is different, but I would have to say that in this case, Al Haymon can deliver to Lara the big fights that he deserves.”

In signing with Haymon, Lara follows Josesito Lopez (29-4, 18 KOs), who is coming off an upset, ninth-round TKO over former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs) on June 23.

Lopez signing with Haymon was confirmed on Monday by Lopez’s promoter, Dan Goossen.

In joining Haymon, Lara and Lopez are part of a stable of fighters that has included Floyd Mayweather Jr., Paul Williams, Danny Garcia, Austin Trout, Peter Quillin, Andre Berto, Devon Alexander, Chris Arreola, Andre Dirrell, Seth Mitchell, Adrien Broner, Gary Russell Jr. and Rico Ramos.

Although Lara longs for a shot at WBC beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs), he has been disappointed that the Mexican star has not listed him among those he is considering for a Sept. 15 defense from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Lara, like Alvarez, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

“It’s been official since last week, and I’ll be speaking with Al later this week. I know one thing with Al, his reputation speaks for himself. We’ll discuss the options for Lara. We’re waiting to see if it’s for the world title,” said DeCubas Jr.

“If the big fight means getting Canelo, then that’s what it means. But I think that Al Hamon’s resume speaks for itself, and I expect Al to get Erislandy the big fights and I expect to see big things from Erislandy Lara in the future.”

Photos by Chris Cozzone, Fightwireimages.com

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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