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By Matt Benoliel The Fighting News Reporter
January 13, 2017. Miami, FL. Premier Boxing Champions put on an exciting show this evening at Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami. The headlining bout, Erislandy Lara (23-2-2) vs. Yuri Foreman (34-2) may have been a little one sided, with the crowd favorite, Cuban born Erislandy Lara, imposing his will against Yuri Foreman. Foreman, an ordain rabbi, may have been feeling a little guilt over taking a fight on the Sabbath, and never seemed to establish his rhythm. Lara dominated with his punishing left hand while evading most of Foreman’s punches. The fight ended with a brutal left uppercut to the body of Foreman that sent the rabbi reeling to the canvas, unable to regain his legs. The co-main event saw Anthony Dirrell earn his 30th professional victory, a TKO stoppage by the corner of opponent Norbert Nemesapati following the sixth round. This was another one-sided bout with Dirrell over powering the challanger from Budapest, Hungary. Dirrell’s showboating, including putting his hands behind his back, may indicate a desire for a title shot, but seemed unsportsmanlike against his outclassed opponent. Juan Carlos Payano put on a boxing seminar against Isao Carranza that ended in a 7th round TKO stoppage. Payano, coming off his one and only professional loss, seemed to land at will against his opponent Carranza, who may have never faced an opponent of this caliber. Payano’s sideways, southpaw stance presented a difficult target for Carranza, who was unable to find an effective attack on the outside. On the inside, although both fighters were landing hard punches, Carranza was taking plenty of punishment.