PAUL WILLIAMS DEFEATS ERISLANDY LARA BY MAJORITY DECISION
Saturday 9 July 2011
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Rebounding from his KO loss to Sergio Martinez, “The Punisher” Paul Williams, 29 years-old, returned to action when he captured a controversial twelve round majority over former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara, 28 year-old, in an all southpaws contest.
Williams didn’t make the statement he wanted as the much shorter Lara seemed to dominate the fight.
Lara was extremely impressive boxing and moving while targeting Williams with his straight overhand left at every turn.
Lara’s big left hand was like a heat seeking missile and it collided with Williams’ head with concerning regularity. Lara stunned Williams several times in the bout and although he displayed good chin Williams was methodically broken down.
But after twelve rounds Williams came away with a very controversial majority decision.
Many ringside observers seemed shocked to hear Williams was ahead on two cards 116-114 (Donald Givens) and 115-114 (Hilton Whitaker III) with the third card even at 114-114 (Al Bennett). Referee was Samuel Viruet.
Williams, former WBO welter champ and WBO interim jr.middleweight titleholder, improved to 40-2-0 (27 KOs) while Lara suffered his first pro defeat dropping to 16-1-1 (10 KOs).
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, 30 years-old Mexican-Californian, scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over crafty Friday Ahunanya, 39 years-old Nigerian based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91.
“The Nightmare” Arreola, 33-2-0-0 (28 KOs), went the distance with Tomasz Adamek in April of the previous year. His first loss being to Vitaly Klitschko of Ukraine which cost him a 10-round inside limit defeat for WBC belt.
Ahunanya, 24-8-3 (13 KOs), registered his third successive defeat.
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