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Erislandy Lara’s Cuban Missile Stuns Michael Zerafa Inside Two Rounds

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A crestfallen Michael Zerafa couldn’t believe what had hit him.

He had spent nearly two rounds not trying to give Cuba’s Erislandy Lara, WBA middleweight champion a thing but the next thing was he was on the seat of his trunks, back on his feet with unsteady legs beneath him and referee Allen Huggings waving his arms in front of him

Patient Lara had stalked and waited for an opening and as Zerafa moved towards him, the Cuban landed a short right hook and followed it with a crunching left hand that did all the damage and will grace many a highlight reel between now and the end of 2024.

It came almost out of nowhere.

There had been catcalls during a quiet opener. Zerafa, a significant underdog, had no intention of gambling early when the 40-year-old veteran champion was going to be at his sharpest.

The activity was, shall we say, sparse at best. Lara’s jab controlled the territory but the catcalls and whistles were replaced by boos in the second.

Zerafa, fighting out of Melbourne, Australia, and now 31-5 (19 KOs), tried to bury his right hand into the Cuban’s midriff, trying to get a foothold in the fight, and then it was all over.   

Time of the stoppage was 2:59 of round two.

The champion is now 30-2-2 (18 KOs).

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