Saturday, May 14, 2016

Erislandy Lara vs. Vanes Martirosyan

The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, May 21
TV: Showtime
By Peter Lim

Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) and Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KOs) engaged in a seesaw battle in 2012 which ended in a ninth-round technical draw after Martirosyan was cut by an unintentional headbutt. Lara had the edge when it was a chess match but Martirosyan got the better of the exchanges when he turned up the pressure.

Four years after their initial encounter, both fighters are still dead-evenly matched, and the rematch will play out much like the first fight. At different stages of the fight, Lara, 33, out-maneuvers Martirosyan but Martirosyan, 30, delivers the harder shots, particularly with the straight right to the body, when he presses the action.

After the final bell, sportscasters, press row and fans alike are divided 50/50 as to who is the victor. The scorecards are announced as 115-113, 115-113 and 113-115, a split decision win for ...


I thought Martirosyan deserved a draw at the very least. Were the judges not scoring his body punches?

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