With the recent report that Erislandy Lara has signed to fight Vanes Martirosyan in a WBC final title eliminator targeted for November 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, some pieces of the puzzle are gradually falling into place with respect to the light middleweight picture.
BoxingScene.com has reported that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer informed them that #3 ranked Lara (17-1-1, 11 KO's) signed his contract to face the undefeated #1 ranked Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KO's) in what has been painted as a WBC title eliminator. In an ideal world, this would mean the winner would become the mandatory challenger to the victor of the upcoming fight between WBC champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Josesito Lopez on September 15. In reality, we know this is not always the image that is developed.
It is this missing piece that has caused Martirosyan to be rather outspoken and disruptive, refusing an eliminator initially ordered in May against Lara because the WBC refused a written guarantee that the winner of the fight would get a shot at Canelo Alvarez. The unbeaten Martirosyan also turned down a final eliminator against Alfredo Angulo that was planned for November 2011, claiming the offer to fight in Mexico was pale.
This time around, Martirosyan seems to be willing to let the pieces fall where they may. Following Top Rank's winning bid of $405,000 in July to secure the rights to promote the fight, Martiroysan, who is promoted by Top Rank, signed the contract to fight Lara without the stipulation of a clause that legally binds Alvarez to fight the winner.
Although both fighters would prefer to be primary contenders for a title, the time has come for them to be involved with fights that will better get them into focus and heighten their intensity within the division.
Fights with the likes of Richard Gutierrez, Troy Lowry and Ryan Davis, who was scratched from a July 9 bout after failing to clear a medical examination, only allow Martirosyan to preserve a picture perfect record rather than expose his true colors as a fighter.
Lara's portfolio includes name fighters such as Paul Williams and Carlos Molina, but most recent opponents Ronald Hearns and Freddy Hernandez have been glossy. Lara's new adviser Al Haymon will see to it that his fighter is matched-up with complimentary opposition going forward.
The fight is expected to be on the undercard of the upcoming November 10 bout featuring Manny Pacquiao. The biggest piece of that puzzle is still missing – an opponent for the Filipino star. This keeps the overall picture somewhat fuzzy.
Martirosyan vs. Lara isn't exactly a masterpiece but it certainly has more than a tint of purpose and intrigue.
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Tags: Al Haymon, Boxing, Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Josesito Lopez, Manny Pacquiao, Richard Schaefer, Vanes Martirosyan