Erislandy Lara came to prove he's an elite junior middleweight tonight against former titlist Austin Trout, and he did so, totally dominating the pace and tempo of their fight and ultimately winning a landslide decision on scores of 118-109, 117-110, and 117-110. BLH had it 119-108 for Lara.
Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO) outboxed Trout (26-2, 14 KO) for the majority of the bout, and rather handily so, then put an exclamation point on his performance with a hard knockdown in the 11th round. The Cuban southpaw just had too much to his game, while Trout seemed stuck in one gear, unable to make useful adjustments. Without game-changing power, the fight was essentially in the books by round eight or so and at the end, Trout looked mentally defeated as much as anything.
The win nets Lara his first world title, no matter how dubious the WBA "regular" belt is. The sanctioning boy's "super" champion is Floyd Mayweather.
In his post-fight interview with Jim Gray, Lara said through a translator that he wants to fight Canelo Alvarez.