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Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman set for January 13th on Spike

Lara defeated Vanes Matirosyan by decision in his only fight of 2016.

2016 saw Jermall Charlo dispatch Austin Trout and Julian Williams, Jermell Charlo knock out an extremely game John Jackson, Demetrius Andrade batter Willie Nelson, and Tony Harrison pick up a pair of knockouts to re-establish himself as a quality prospect. The super welterweight division is red-hot despite Canelo Alvarez’s best efforts and Erislandy Lara is set to keep that momentum going with a January matchup against Yuri Foreman.

That sentence got away from me at the end, there.

Lara (23-2-2, 13 KO), winner of four straight since falling to Canelo by split decision in 2014, is all set to fight former champion Foreman (34-2, 10 KO) in Hialeah, Florida. The fight will be shown on Spike TV, though no undercard details have yet been revealed.

The article describes this as a "stay-busy" fight for Lara en route to a potential unification bout with Jermall Charlo and that had damn well better be true. Foreman has won two eight-rounders over pathetic competition since a two-year hiatus and isn’t even in BoxRec’s top-100 for the division. He has literally no decent wins since beating Daniel Santos for the WBA title in 2009.

Anyone tuning in anyway? No need to be shy, now.

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