'That was disgraceful': Boxing world horrified by 'grotesque' moment

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Pictured here, Erislandy Lara delivers a stunning knock out of Thomas Lamanna.
Erislandy Lara knocked out Thomas Lamanna after a ferocious left hook to the American's ear. Pic: Fox Sports

Boxing fans have vented their fury over what's being labelled a "disgusting mismatch" in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Fighting on an exciting card that included heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr's unanimous points victory against Chris Arreola, it was the WBA ‘regular’ title showdown between Erislandy Lara and Thomas Lamanna that caused an uproar.

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Lara famously lost a 2014 bout against super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez via a controversial split-decision.

Stepping into the ring against Thomas Lamanna - an American fighter nicknamed 'Cornflake' who had lost four times in his professional career - few expected Lara to be troubled.

However, the manner of the Cuban's victory still came as a shock to many viewers.

Lamanna wore a series of devastating punches from Lara after the Cuban had promised to KO the American fighter early on.

The 38-year-old followed through on that promise with less than 80 seconds gone in the first round when he caught Lamanna with a brutal left hook to the side of the face.

Lara pierced the almost non-existent defence of the American with a ferocious shot that clocked his opponent in the ear.

Lamanna dropped the canvas in a heap as the referee immediately jumped in to put a stop to the fight.

Medical staff then rushed into the ring to attend to the stricken fighter.

Viewers outraged by obvious mismatch

Respected boxing analyst Dan Rafael tweeted his outrage at what had just transpired, questioning how the WBA sanctioned the fight in the first place.

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

“It was a grotesque mismatch.

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

Plenty of other viewers were similarly disgusted over what was an obvious gulf in class between the two fighters.

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