Austin Trout vs Erislandy Lara by the Numbers
On paper this contest is easily the best on the December 7th Zab Judah vs. Paul Malignaggi Showtime card at the Barclays Center. It was originally scheduled as the co-main event, that was until IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander, a Showtime approved possible future opponent for Floyd Mayweather, was added to the card to take on undefeated Shawn Porter. Austin Trout (26-1, 14KOs) and Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12KOs) were therefore moved down the loaded undercard.
Neither men minds playing third the way Jackie Robinson did for the Brooklyn Dodgers opening day in 1955 as long the outcome ends in the same fashion as the baseball team’s… with a world championship. Trout and Lara’s championship won’t come in fashion of a ring but it will be fought for it in one, the crown will come in form of the ‘Regular’ WBA Super Welterweight championship, a title both men have won in the past.
Trout successfully defended the “interim” version of the title 4 times while Lara, in his only world championship fight this past June, captured the same title after twice by getting up from the canvass and stopping Alfredo Angulo in the 10th round of their grueling contest.
Many expect December 7th’s bout between Trout and Lara to be an extremely technical contest; two southpaws who are mirror images of one another. Below we’ve provided a comparison between the two gifted pugilists.