Erislandy Lara top middleweight prospect worn gloves (10oz) from his ESPN KO 1 win against Keith Gross, 20th Feburary 2009, University Center Arena, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
* Fight was on the undercard of Breidis Prescott vs. Humberto Toledo.
* Gross down at :35 from a straight left hand.
* Gross down again from a left uppercut as he was backed into the ropes and on the defensive. At this, the referee immediately waved an end to the bout.
Erislandy Lara vs. Keith Gross (Fight Worn Gloves)
Erislandy Lara Santoya (born April 11, 1983) is a Cuban southpaw and the 2005 amateur World champion at welterweight.
In 2003 and 2004 he lost four times against double World champ Lorenzo Aragon.
In 2005 after Aragon stepped down Lara bested his countryman Yudel Jhonson Cedeno repeatedly and was sent to the World championships. There he avenged an earlier loss to Russian Andrey Balanov, beat American Melson Boyd, upset top favourite and Olympic champion Bakhtiyar Artayev (31-22) and won Gold against Magomed Nurutdinov (BLR).
The only fighter who has beaten him twice in the last years is another Kazakh: Bakhyt Sarsekbayev. In their only meeting he beat American world champ Demetrius Andrade 9:4.
On January 1st of 2009, Lara made his ESPN debut against Rodrigo Aguiar, Lara won the fight via TKO in the 1st round.
His following fight came on february 20 against Keith Gross, Erislandy Lara dropped Gross with a left hand, Gross beat the count on wobbly legs, Lara continue unleashing combinations to the head and body, a left uppercutt finished the fight in the 1st round.
On May 2 2009 in the Pacquiao vs Hatton undercard, Lara faced Chris Gray, Lara won the fight via Unanimous Decision.
On May 22, Lara faced Aging Edwin Vazquez, Erislandy Lara finished the fight with good combinations which prompted the referee to stop the fight, On that same night Cuban fellow Guillermo Rigondeaux made his pro debut, which he won via referee stoppage in the third round.
Failed Defection And Pro Career
In 2007, Erislandy Lara, together with with superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux, defected from Cuba before the PanAm games. Some weeks later he was caught by Brazilian authorities and was returned to Cuba, where he was banned from practicing boxing indefinitely.
In 2008 he made a second defection attempt, this time on a speed boat to Mexico, and succeeded. He has since made his way to Hamburg, Germany, where he joins former Olympic champions Odlanier Solis, Yan Barthelemy and Yuriorkis Gamboa in the Arena Box-Promotion stable.