Angulo vs Lara: Preview and predictions from the BLH staff

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Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo look to take a step toward a world title shot tomorrow night on Showtime. Who will prevail in the matchup of 154-pound contenders?

Scott Christ

It seems a predictable fight on paper. Though Angulo is far more popular with boxing fans because he's an all-action fighter, Lara's pedigree and skills should prove to be far too much for him to handle. Lara has had some inconsistent nights, but does Angulo present the sort of style matchup that Carlos Molina or Vanes Martirosyan brought? Absolutely not. Angulo is a one-speed guy, very slow, flat-footed -- everything about him, besides his punching power, is something Lara can exploit. This fight's not going to be close. Angulo can only win by knockout. Lara by decision.

Tom Craze

In what's about as much of a style contrast as it's possible for there to be, I might as well get my conclusion out there before the neat summary bit: to be frank, I think this is a mismatch.

Angulo can obviously bang, and he's a lot of fun to watch most of the time, but so are a lot of people, and I wouldn't give them much of a chance to beat Erislandy Lara either.

For me, Lara is as accomplished a fighter as any at 154 - Mayweather aside, if you're including him there. Angulo was made to look crude by James Kirkland.

Angulo won't go away easily here, but he's going to be wide open, and Lara will potshot his way around him all night. It will be, as they say, easy work. Lara by wide UD.

Dave Oakes

Whilst looking like a good match-up on paper, I feel Lara will dominate Angulo from start to finish. Angulo can whack a bit but can be flatfooted, slow and easy to hit, which makes him the perfect opponent for Lara to look good against.

I'm struggling to see Angulo winning a round; Lara will be too quick and too slick. Lara doesn't take unnecessary risks, so I can see the fight being quite dull and going the full distance. Lara by a wide points decision 120-108.

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