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Q&A interview with Erislandy Lara: Cuban fans are deep in Miami, excited to return

Credit Edward Jackson - Team Lara

Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) is wrapping up his final days of training camp in anticipation for his upcoming fight against Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs). Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN comes Wednesday, November 25 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m.

Lara, who is recognized as one of the top fighters in the division, is coming off two wins against Ishe Smith and Delvin Rodriguez within the last 12 months and looks to keep his momentum going on November 25.

Here is what Lara had to say leading up to his fight:

On fighting on ESPN as part of a Thanksgiving special broadcast:

“I think it’s great to be fighting the day before Thanksgiving. Most people will be starting their four-day weekend on that Wednesday, November 25th. Most families will be gathering around the television that evening so everyone should be tuning in.”

On his matchup with Zan Zaveck:

“I’m expecting a very tough fight from Zaveck. He applies a lot of pressure so I have to be ready for this style. One things for sure, I’ll be the one dictating the pace.”

On training camp with Ronnie Shields:

“Training camp has been tough. Ronnie and I are not taking this fight lightly. Zaveck has been in the ring with a lot of good fighters so he knows every trick in the book. Ronnie has watched his last few fights and he’s come up with a great game plan. We got great sparring for this fight and I’m in great shape.”

On fighting in Miami where there will be a large amount of Cuban fans attending:

“The Cuban fans are deep in Miami and I have a lot of friends out there who will come to see me fight. I lived out there for a few years so I’m expecting to see everyone show up.”