The boxing world is in uproar after a ‘grotesque’ knockout

There is uproar in the boxing world after a fighter was left in a crumpled mess in a fight that has been described as a “grotesque” mismatch.

On an explosive card that included former heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz’s brutal victory over Chris Arreola and Abel Ramos’ sixth round TKO of Omar Figueroa, the moment

Thomas Lamanna was crucified in the ring almost stole the headlines.

Lamanna suffered the fifth loss of his career when he was knocked out inside 80 seconds by Erislandy Lara at the high-profile event in Los Angeles.

Lara promised to KO Lamanna early and was the strong favourite to stop his opponent, but few expected the punishment to be so complete.

After eating punches, Lamanna collapsed after a powerful left shot landed to the side of his head. The fight was stopped immediately while medical personnel rushed into the ring to attend to the fallen fighter.

Boxing guru Dan Rafael was livid after witnessing the mismatch that raised serious questions about why the local combat sport authority allowed the contest to take place.

Erislandy Lara poses with the belt after defeating Thomas LaManna for the WBA Middleweight World Championship.Source:AFP

In a series of tweets, Rafael slammed the contest as a “disgusting mismatch”.

“Lara vs Lamanna was an even more atrocious mismatch than I even imagined. That was a disgraceful match-up,” he posted.

The Lara KO punch was to the shoulder/top of chest. Looking at the other angle just now it did catch the ear also. Still egregious mismatch.

“It was a grotesque mismatch.

“I don’t hate Lara. I hate disgusting mismatches. He’s had three in a row.”

[email protected] puts LAMANNA TO SLEEP!#RuizArreolapic.twitter.com/fpWctdyh54

The fight technically handed the 38-year-old Cuban world titles in two weight divisions, after he won an inconsequential version of the WBA middleweight title.

“I feel great physically,” Lara said after the fight.

“I’m going to keep doing this until my body tells me I can’t do it anymore. I don’t feel like I’ve taken a lot of punishment in my career and I know I have at least another three years of my prime left.”

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