The middleweight division features a host of champions, with nobody sitting in undisputed status now that Canelo Álvarez is busy at super middleweight and heavier. On Saturday, Erislandy Lara and Gary O’Sullivan face off in title bout involving the second or third tier of the division, depending on how you assess the rest.
Lara is putting his WBA “regular” title on the line against O’Sullivan at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY as an undercard bout on the Gervonta Davis-Rolando Romero Showtime PPV. The main event is expected to get going in the 11 p.m. ET hour, so we can expect the Lara-O’Sullivan bout to get started around 10:15, give or take.
Lara is a sizable favorite with -1800 moneyline odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. Lara by stoppage is -215 and by decision is +185. O’Sullivan by stoppage is +1400 and by decision is +2000.
We’ll be updating throughout the fight with round-by-round results and scoring until a winner and WBA middleweight champ is decided.
Erislandy Lara vs. Gary O’Sullivan round-by-round results
Round 1: Lara 10-9
Each boxer starts the fight with strong left strikes. Lara, a southpaw, sneaks some jabs straight through the guard of O’Sullivan. The latter connects with some body shots. Lara is already throwing some heavy left hands although they aren’t landing clean. O’Sullivan goes back to the body and Lara responds with a body shot of his own.
Round 2: Lara 10-9, 20-18
Lara continues to stay close to the ropes, but O’Sullivan doesn’t seem to mind meeting him there. The fighters have gone forehead-to-forehead a number of times in this fight already with each looking for an opening. O’Sullivan connects with a hook, but Lara responds with a pretty clean uppercut. More body shots from O’Sullivan, but you can tell Lara has had some shots connect to O’Sullivan’s cheek as they start to redden.
Round 3: Lara 10-9, 30-27
O’Sullivan continues to work the body, but Lara’s counters have been on point. Lara is content taking shots to the body if it means he is able to better connect with his counters. O’Sullivan is at least throwing more punches this round. He connects with a solid left, but Lara connects with the best shot of the fight so far that opens up O’Sullivan near his left eye.
Round 4: Lara 10-8, 40-35
Lara continues to sneak left hands through the guard of O’Sullivan. He is controlling the pace of this fight. O’Sullivan lands more body shots and a clean left. I think O’Sullivan realizes that he needs a big shot to take this fight. He is wildly throwing punches and Lara remains covered up and taking his counter shots when they are open. Lara knocks down O’Sullivan with a left hand and he fell in slow motion. O’Sullivan gets up and makes the count and the round ends.
Round 5: Lara 10-9, 50-44
To O’Sullivan’s credit, he continues walking down Lara. He is covering up more but is still landing shots. Lara continues to play his game and he lands a straight left through the guard. O’Sullivan is eating punches but continues to go forward. Lara isn’t going to expend any extra energy than he needs to. His fight is going to be counters and when he lands, he lands his shots hard which is winning him the rounds.
Round 6: Lara 10-9, 60-53
O’Sullivan goes back to the body and looks to land more left hooks like he landed in Round 5. Lara eats some body shots, but responded with a left hook. Lara backs O’Sullivan up with an uppercut followed by a hook. Lara is trying to goad O’Sullivan into dropping his guard. O’Sullivan hits a small uppercut. This round was closer, but it is still all Lara.
Round 7: Lara 10-9, 70-62
Lara is dancing around more as the round starts looking for an opening, but settles against the ropes. Lara is looking for a knockout blow, but O’Sullivan continues to connect with body shots and some hooks. O’Sullivan had another good round, but with about eight seconds left, Lara pops him and he is staggered. O’Sullivan very likely just got saved by the bell for the second time this fight.
Round 8: Lara TKO’s O’Sullivan
Doc checks out O’Sullivan before the round, but he is ruled okay. Lara knocks O’Sullivan who back pedals across the ring and Lara lands another shot as the ref stops this one.