Cuban Night in Louisiana: Lara stops Lee in one, Despaigne dominates

The ULM Warhawks had nothing to do with what happened in tonight's fights. (Photo via www.ulm.edu)

The ESPN2 boxing special tonight from Monroe, Louisiana, featured no surprises, as the two Cuban fighters being featured rolled to easy victory.

154-pound contender Erislandy Lara (13-0, 8 KO) stopped Mississippi's Willie Lee (17-7, 11 KO) in the first round. Lara floored Lee with a beautiful combination quickly, and finished him off moments later, wailing away and throwing punches in bunches with Lee backed up to the ropes. Referee Laurence Cole saw no need for the fight to continue, as Lee had been rocked further before making it to the ropes. Cole's stoppage was certainly understandable.

In the co-feature, light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (7-0, 4 KO) cruised over undersized, under-prepared Frank Paines (11-1, 10 KO), winning a unanimous ten-round decision. Scores at ringside were 100-89, 99-90 and 96-93. Bad Left Hook scored it 100-89, as Despaigne only met any trouble when the fighters' heads clashed together and opened a pretty bad cut in the fifth round. Paines had hit the mat in the second round. The 96-93 score was absurd, as there was literally no way to see four rounds of this fight for Paines, who had some grit to him and fought as best he could, but was simply well out of his depth against Despaigne.

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