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Cuban Erislandy Lara, new WBA middleweight champion

Cuban Erislandy Lara, new WBA middleweight champion

Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara knocked down American Thomas LaManna in the first round on Saturday and took the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight belt.

Lara, 38, struck LaManna with a left hook with just one minute and 20 seconds elapsed of this outdoor match in Carson, California, outside Los Angeles.

Thomas LaManna, 29, dodged his opponent’s right hand several times but neglected his guard in the blow that sent him directly to the canvas at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Without counting, the referee quickly called the medical team to attend to the New Jersey boxer.

Lara thus adds a new belt of a second category to his record, in which he also has the super welterweight titles of the WBA and the International Boxing Organization (OIB).

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The Guantanamo fighter has a career record of 28 wins, including 16 knockouts, 3 losses and 3 draws.

LaManna, meanwhile, adds his fifth loss with 30 wins and 1 draw. (GG) (AFP)

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