RONALD HEARNS LOOKING TO MAKE A STATEMENT THIS FRIDAY
VS. ERISLANDY LARA ON SHOWTIME®
night, in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on
SHOWTIME®, former undisputed 160-pound world
champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) meets the undefeated
Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in the 10-round main event. In
the 10-round co-feature, former middleweight world title challenger Ronald
Hearns (26-2, 20KO's) will be dropping down in weight and looking to
establish himself as a force in the junior middleweight division when he
takes on former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10
KO's). The fight between Hearns and Lara was originally scheduled for
February 11 as the co-feature to Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, but that
was rescheduled after a Berto injury caused a postponement of the event.
Both bouts will be shown live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the
West Coast) from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi,
Miss. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) in
association with Golden Boy Promotions.
For Hearns, the son of all-time great and
soon-to-be hall-of-famer Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns, it will be the first
time back in the ring since losing to "Super" WBA Middleweight Champion,
Felix Sturm in February 2011. Hearns put forth a spirited effort against
the longtime reigning champion Sturm, but was eventually stopped in the
seventh round. Now after some time off, Hearns is looking to not just
return to the ring but to make a statement when he takes on the extremely
talented and dangerous Lara.
"This fight can open up the doors for me to fight some of the top guys in
both weight classes, 154 or 160," said Hearns. "Lara is a very talented
fighter. I am grateful for the opportunity."
Regarding the weight at which he will look to fight, Hearns says he is
just looking for the biggest opportunities out there for him, and he is
comfortable competing in either division.
"I don't have a problem making weight in either weight class. I was
bringing my weight down too early and holding it for weeks at a time. This
training camp has been great. The world is going to see how much I have
Hearns, who, like his father, is trained by the legendary Emanuel Steward,
has been getting arguably the best southpaw sparring available, as he has
been working with stable-mate, and imminent middleweight world title
challenger, Andy Lee. Lee, who will be challenging Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
for the WBC Middleweight Championship on June 16th, has not only been
working with Ronald during training camp, but will also be in his corner
on fight night. Lee feels that in all of the years they have worked
together that this is the best Ronald has ever looked.
"I've had some hard hitting and spirited workouts with Ronald the past two
weeks," said Lee. "I think it's been a benefit to us both. He is looking
good for this Friday night for sure. He's determined to win. I've never
seen him hit like this before. It should be a great fight."
The special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions. SHOWTIME® will
begin live coverage starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets, priced at $150, $100, and $50 plus tax and service charges, are
available online at www.beaurivage.com,
by phone at (888) 566-7469, or in person at the Beau Rivage Theatre box
office. Beau Rivage room reservations can be made by calling (888)
567-6667 or visiting
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