Cuban star and WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara will seek a third world title when he faces veteran contender Thomas LaManna in the main event of a boxing card May 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, promoters announced Wednesday.

Lara and LaManna will battle for the WBA middleweight title in a fight that precedes a pay-per-view showdown between former unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and veteran slugger Chris Arreola.

The card also includes top featherweight contender Eduardo Ramírez against hard-hitting Isaac Avelar in a 12-round fight for the vacant interim WBA featherweight title.

Fans will be permitted at Dignity Health Sports Park in a limited capacity, with all guests remaining socially distanced and subject to local and state health guidelines. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at

“Erislandy Lara has had a long reign as an elite 154-pounder and now has his sights set on a new challenge in the star-studded middleweight division,” TGB Promotions president Tom Brown said.

“He will bring his renowned skills and style to this tough matchup against the young and rangy Thomas LaManna. With fast-rising Mexican contender Eduardo Ramírez squaring off against the young exciting Mexican brawler Isaac Avelar in the co-main event, this prime-time lineup is an ideal way to load up an already stacked night of boxing at Dignity Health Sports Park, leading up to the return of Andy Ruiz Jr. against Chris Arreola live on pay-per-view.”

Lara (27-3-3, 15 KOs) was the longest-reigning 154-pound world champion before he lost a split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a title unification match in 2018 in a match many considered the fight of the year. He fought current 154-pound world titleholder Brian Castano to a draw, and has since scored back-to-back triumphs with a knockout of Ramon Alvarez in 2019 to capture his current title, and a decision over Greg Vendetti in August 2020.

“I’m excited to be making my 2021 debut on a huge platform live on Fox,” Lara said. “Thomas LaManna is a tall middleweight with a lot of experience and I’m taking this fight very seriously, like always. … At this stage in my career, I’m all-action, fighting on the inside, and letting my hands fly. I’m going to make a statement in this fight with a knockout.”

Ruiz Jr. took the heavyweight title from Britain’s Anthony Joshua with a seventh-round TKO in 2019 in one of boxing’s biggest upsets in years. He lost the title in a rematch later that year.

The Los Angeles-born Arreola has been fighting professionally since 2003. He’s fought three times for the WBC heavyweight title, and has a career record of 38-6, with one draw and two no-contests.

The Lara-LaManna and Ramírez-Avelar fights are part of Fox PBC Fight Night and will also air on FOX Deportes beginning at 4 p.m. The Ruiz Jr.-Arreola fight is a Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View event and will follow the earlier card.

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