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Erislandy Lara vs Michael Zerafa preview
When is Lara vs Zerafa?
Erislandy Lara could face the challenge of Michael Zerafa in Summer 2023 in the United States.
The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Middleweight division, which means the weight limit would be 160 pounds (11.4 stone or 72.6 KG).
Lara vs Zerafa stats
Erislandy Lara would step into the ring with a record of 29 wins, 3 loses and 3 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Michael Zerafa would make his way to the ring with a record of 31 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 19 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Zerafa would have a slight advantage in power over Lara, with a 61% knock out percentage over Lara's 59%.
Erislandy Lara is the older man by 8 years, at 39 years old.
Zerafa has a height advantage of 2 inches over Lara. Despite this, he has 2-inch reach advantage.
Erislandy Lara fights out of the southpaw stance, while Michael Zerafa is an orthodox fighter.
Lara is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2008, 2 years and 8 months earlier than Zerafa, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He has fought 22 more professional rounds, 234 to Zerafa's 212.
Erislandy Lara goes into the fight ranked number 7 by the RING at middleweight.
Michael Zerafa is currently ranked number 1 by the WBA, 7 by the WBO and 2 by the IBF in the 160lb division.
Lara vs Zerafa form
Lara has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he won against Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan on 28th May 2022 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA World Middleweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Thomas Lamanna on 1st May 2021 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Middleweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Going into that contest, he had beat Greg Vendetti on 29th August 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Welterweight championship fight at Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California.
Before that, he had defeated Ramon Alvarez on 31st August 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBA World Super Welterweight championship fight at Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota.
He had drawn with Brian Carlos Castano on 2nd March 2019 by split draw in their WBA World Super Welterweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.
Michael Zerafa has stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Issac Hardman on 20th April 2022 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Melbourne Convention Centre, Victoria, Australia.
Previous to that, he had won against Siliveni Nawai on 20th December 2021 by technical knockout in the 4th round at The Melbourne Pavilion, Victoria.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Anthony Mundine on 13th March 2021 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Bendigo Stadium, Victoria.
Before that, he had been beaten by Jeff Horn on 18th December 2019 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland.
He had beat Jeff Horn on 31st August 2019 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Bendigo Stadium, Victoria.
In terms of recent activity, Michael Zerafa has been fighting more than Erislandy Lara.
Erislandy Lara last fought 10 months and 3 days ago, while Michael Zerafa's last outing was 11 months and 11 days ago.
Lara's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years and 29 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7 rounds on average.
Zerafa's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years and 7 months, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.2 rounds on average.
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