Greg Vendetti refers to Erislandy Lara with a compliment that melts any ego, but behind his words there is a danger of who sweetens things to lower the defenses of the other. The challenger knows that her options are not many and she grabs any trick.
Lara and Vendetti will collide this Saturday on FOX as protagonists of a Premier Boxing Champions card where the Cuban comes out as a wide favorite to defend his super welterweight belt of the World Boxing Association and that only generates one question: what can the challenger do against the experience and talent of the champion?
“Erislandy Lara is one of the best fighters of this generation, one of the best of the decade,” Vendetti said on a conference call. “But he is a man of flesh and blood, and age does not pass for fun. I go to this fight expecting the best version of Lara, like I’m 20 years old. Let him present himself with this version, we will see that. ”
Before easily defeating Ramón Alvarez – Canelo’s brother – by knockout in August 2019, Lara (26-3-3, 15 KO) was in two tremendous battles against Jarrett Hurd and Argentine Brian Castaño, of which He came out with a close defeat and a controversial draw.
Vendetti (22-3-1, 12 KO) fails to fully recognize a potential drop in the Cuban’s abilities, but seems to have noticed certain cracks in his mastery that he could now use to surprise, because no one in the world of boxing offers you its vote of victory.
“We will have to wait for the fight, but from what I have seen in his last presentations it would no longer be the same as when he fought with Alfredo” El Perro “Angulo or Canelo Alvarez,” Vendetti added. “I don’t see that lateral movement, the speed of the hands and legs. I know all his history, but he is a man of flesh and blood. ”
More than that, Lara, at 37, is one of the most respected men at 154 pounds with a long reign in the category before yielding the crown to Hurd in a bell-to-bell fight that was considered the best in the world. year in 2018 by critics and fans.
Who is Vendetti? Born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, his service record certainly cannot be compared to Lara’s and his best win came against Yoshihiro Kamegai in August 2018 and until a few years ago he combined his job as a plumber – he still maintains his license – with the boxing.
But there is no doubt that he has worked hard to reach this stage and knows that this may be his only, last and best chance to become a champion and take a huge leap in the sport and in his life, which makes him a danger opponent.
“I know I must take advantage of this moment and give myself with everything,” stressed Vendetti, who is called El Villano. “Lara doesn’t like to be pressured and I’m going to do it all the time, although with intelligence. With Lara you can’t go wrong a lot, but I’m determined to beat her anyway. ”