Two-division world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara defended his WBA middleweight title against hard-hitting Irish fan Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan by RD8 TKO.
In the co-main event, Cuban star Erislanda “The American Dream” Lara (29-3-3, 17 KOs) dominated Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (31-5, 21 KOs) to defend her WBA middleweight title . by TKO in the eighth round.
Lara, a two-division champion who landed 54% of his power punches in the fight, patiently waited for his opening against an aggressive O’Sullivan and broke through for the first time at the end of round four. He sent O’Sullivan down in the closing moments of the round with a sharp left hand counter that hurt him before dropping him with a straight right hand.
“This new style I’m demonstrating is for all boxers to show them how I can fight now just by being able to change my clothes,” Lara said. “He was also a tough boxer. I’m a smart boxer, a skillful boxer, that’s what I did tonight. I waited for him to attack and then I did what I had to to win the fight.
O’Sullivan was saved by the bell again in round five when Lara hurt him as the round was winding down with a right hook-straight left combination. Showing the precision that has made him known for years as one of the sport’s most gifted fighters, Lara struck again late in round seven, wobbling O’Sullivan hard just before the bell rang.
After drawing the attention of the ring doctor before the eighth round, O’Sullivan ran into another straight left hand from Lara early in the round, prompting referee Benjy Esteves to stop the fight at 23 seconds of the frame.
“I saw the opening, he was leaving himself open and then a left one came in and knocked him out,” Lara said. “I saw in the eighth round that he had no more strength and that’s when I got up and showed my power.”
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