IS THE “GOOD BOY” LOOKING FOR A GOOD FIGHT?

Beating his drum louder than a native American calling for an emergency pow wow, Cuban Erislandy (19-1-2, 12KOs) Lara let the four winds know that despite anybody and everybody with a name and a near undefeated record between the weights of 154 and 160 pounds has been avoiding the current most feared man in boxing, Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26KO), he was more than willing to face him next.  Golovkin, who is coming off his sixteenth straight win by stoppage, this time over tough but over matched OsumanuAdama this past February 1st, is slated to return on April 26th somewhere in the United States, more than likely on the east coast.

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