Lara decisions Martirosyan, Charlo twins make history
WBA light middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) defeated American challenger Vanes Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The pair met in November 2012 in a fight that ended in a technical draw. The end came when Martirosyan suffered a bad cut over his left eye from an accidental head-butt in the 9th round. Many thought that Lara deserved to win. This time they went all 12 rounds and the Cuban won by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111 to retain his WBA title.
Martirosyan started well, landing punches to head and body to win a lot of the early rounds.
But as the fight progressed, Lara, who had swelling around his left eye from a clash of heads, either made Martirosyan miss or blocked his punches, while landing some solid combinations and hard straight left hands.
Martirosyan, who was docked a point for low blows in the 11th, sensed that he was behind as he went on the attack in the 12th but he could not land the KO blow.
Also on the card, Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) and Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) became the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class.
IBF light middleweight champion Jermall outpointed former WBA champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs), while Jermell stopped John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs), son of legendary slugger Julian Jackson, to claim the vacant WBC light middleweight title.
Jermall landed hard punches from the start, and by the fifth round, Trout had swelling around his right eye.
Trout came back in the middle rounds and landed some combinations to back Charlo up.
But Charlo was landing the harder shots and opened a cut over Trout's right eye during the 10th.
Charlo retained his title by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
Jermell was trailing on all three judges scorecards after seven rounds before he scored a 8th round stoppage.
Charlo unleashed a brutal series of punches which sent his opponent crashing into the ropes. Then referee Tony Weeks halted the fight to prevent Jackson suffering further punishment.