Erislandy Lara had no problems in tonight's PBC on Spike main event from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, but may have failed to impress some spectators with his dominant win over Delvin Rodriguez. The fight, which featured Lara tagging Rodriguez at will with clean power shots, went the full 12-round distance. Scores were unanimous at 120-107 for Lara, which is also what BLH had.
Lara (21-2-2, 12 KO) had Rodriguez's number right away, lacing him with left hands from the first round on. But he was his usual calculated self, even when faced with an opponent he clearly outclassed and was posing no threat to him. The fight drew boos from the Chicago crowd at various points, with it seeming as though Lara could step on the gas and end the fight if he wanted to do so, especially following a knockdown late in round six.
Rodriguez (28-8-4, 16 KO) looked every day of his 35 years in this fight, as he was a sitting duck. When Lara threw, he landed, and the CompuBox numbers backed that up. Lara landed 233 of 609 total punches, and an absurd 157 of 254 power shots, a stunning 62% connect rate. Delvin landed a paltry 63 of 339 (18.5%) of his total shots, and just 51 of 250 (20%) power punches. Simply put, this was not a test for Lara, and despite his clear dominance, it was also arguably not a performance that inspired much from viewers, and certainly doesn't get him any closer to those big money fights he wants.
In the co-feature, light heavyweight contender/prospect Artur Beterbiev went to 9-0 (9 KO) with a seventh round stoppage of Alexander Johnson (16-3, 7 KO), a short notice opponent who replaced Doudou Ngumbu. Beterbiev dropped Johnson twice in the fifth round and two more times in the seventh.