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Lara- ‘I’m not focused on my legacy yet’

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Lara- ‘I’m not focused on my legacy yet’

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Lara- ‘I’m not focused on my legacy yet’

This Saturday on Fox, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy Lara is in action against Greg Vendetti, but for Lara, the contest isn’t the end of the line.

Lara (26-3-3. 15 KOs), who turned 37 this year, spoke with the media Wednesday, and reminded us that thoughts on reflection and looking back on his career in the ring are premature.

“I’m not focused on my legacy yet,” Lara said on the International Media Conference Call. “There is a lot to accomplish still, and I want to bolster my standing as one of the best Cuban fighters in history with more important wins.

Lara was last in the ring at The Armory in Minneapolis, where he made quick work of overweight and overmatched Ramon Alavrez in two rounds roughly a year ago.

Throughout his career, Lara has been in the ring with the best in the division, the the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Jarrett Hurd. While he was on the wrong end of both contests, his confidence never was broken after those fights.

“I never lost any confidence,” Lara said. “Regardless of any circumstances after the Canelo fight or the Jarrett Hurd fight, I always believe in my abilities in the ring. That belief is still very strong. I’m willing and able to fight anyone in the division at any time.

In the meantime, Vendetti stands in his way of doing that. When asked, if he has scouted or checked out anything on him? Lara stated he’ll figure him out in the ring.

“I really haven’t seen Vendetti at all,” Lara stated. I don’t like to watch video of my future opponents. For me, the style will become clear in the first round once we start throwing punches in the ring.

While Lara didn’t study Vendetti, I can assure you speaking with Vendetti last week that he has and confirmed as much to the media as well.

“I think we’ve done all we can to prepare for this fight. Every box is checked. I’m in a position to do my best, and I’m excited and confident for this opportunity,” Vendetti said on the media call.

We’ll see what plays out Saturday night as this closes out the night of fights at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

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