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Trainer Shield (left, in McCarson photo) thinks Lara will get his due, soon, as one of the better pure boxers in the business.
By Kelsey McCarson –

TSS was granted exclusive access to junior welterweight Erislandy Lara’s training camp this week at Plex Boxing Gym near Houston, as he prepares for his November 10th showdown with undefeated prospect Vanes Martirosyan. The bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Lafite Ballroom at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

On hand for the workout were Lara, head trainer Ronnie Shields, manager Luis Decubas, Jr. and strength and conditioning coach Edward Jackson. Decubas and Jackson stood ringside as Lara did some light shadowboxing with Shields for three rounds to start things off before putting in nine more hitting the mitts. Shields barked strategy at Lara as the two men worked back and forth across the ring in preparation for Martirosyan. Lara appears to be in shape and ready to go. Jackson said his weight was right where it needed to be ten days or so before the fight and that Lara was staying sharp, focused and ready to go. Team Lara is confident in their fighter as the bout approaches. Lara took a moment to speak to TSS through Decubas, who served as the translator. While he is able to speak and understand English, Lara is more confident speaking in his native language, Spanish.

“I’ve trained well, and I’m ready to go,” Lara said. “I’m focused on Vanes and ready for Nov 10.” Lara and Martirosyan have traded words through media outlets as well as on Twitter through the last few months. The fight has been of the “on again, off again” variety, and Lara said he was anxious for the trash talk to stop so that the fighting can finally begin. However, Lara noted it wasn’t him that paying all the attention to all the prefight banter. “That’s his problem. I know what I’ve got to do and I’m ready to go. On November 10, he better turn all that talking into punching.” Continue Reading…

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