Erislandy Lara
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Erislandy Lara Santoya is a Cuban-American professional boxer. Regarded by some as one of the most technically skilled fighters in boxing now, he is ranked as the world’s third-best active light middleweight by BoxRec, second by The Ring magazine, and sixth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. This article can learn about his net worth, career, family, age, height, etc.


Lara has held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the WBA (Regular) middleweight title since May 2021. Previously he held various versions (both Regular and Super) of the WBA light-middleweight title between 2014 and 2021 and the IBO light middleweight title twice between 2015 and 2021.

Lara lost four times at the beginning of his amateur career against two-time world champion Lorenzo Aragon. Next year Lara repeatedly bested countryman Yudel Jhonson Cedeno and was sent to world champions. He avenged an earlier loss against Andrey Balanov, beat Boyed Melson, Bakhtiyar Artayev, and won Gold against Magomed Nurutdinov.

In 2007 Lara tried defecting from Cuba but was caught and returned to the country where he was banned from practicing boxing indefinitely. But in 2008, he attempted a second defection and successfully made his way to Hamburg, Germany. The following year he started his professional career facing Rodrigo Aguier.

Lara rose in boxing with 12 wins against fighters as Gardy Brewer and Jose Varela showed their technical boxing skills. But then, in 2011, Lara had his first professional loss against former WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams as one above’s technical boxing ability was put to the test, yet Paul overwhelmed him.

Then Lara went on to have 17 fights with 13 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. Within these eight years, he also achieved the title WBA (Regular) middleweight, WBA (Regular and Super) light-middleweight, and IBO light-middleweight. He will defend his WBA middleweight title against Irish boxer Gary O’Sullivan coming 28 May at Barclays Center in New York, US.

Erislandy Lara Personal Information:

Full Name Erislandy Lara Santoya
Nickname El Oro de Guantanamo / The Gold of Guantanamo
Stance Southpaw
Born 11 April 1983
Debut 4 July 2008
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight Middleweight
Age 39
Birthplace Guantanamo, Cuba
Residence Houston, Texas, USA
Religion Christianity
Nationality American (Since 2017)
Net Worth $2 million
Marital Status Married
Father name N/A
Mother name Marisol
Salary $500,000
Twitter Handle @Laraboxing
Instagram Handle @erislandylaraofficial


Erislandy Lara was born on 11 April 1983. As of this year, he is 39 years old.


Lara has a height of 5 ft 9 in (175 cm). He is currently defending the title of WBA middleweight champion.


Lara has the nickname El Oro de Guantanamo, which translates to The Gold of Guantanamo. After escaping Cuba, Lara has come to find a better and more luxurious life in America. In an interview back in 2014, he stated that to express his gratitude and embrace the freedom and opportunity that America had given him; he has taken the nickname.

Erislandy Lara’s Net Worth and Salary:

The Cuban-born boxer has an estimated net worth of $2 million in 2023, which he earned through his 15-year career. His annual earnings amount is kept private. In 2018, Lara lost to Jarret Hurd. That match earned Lara $1 million, a career-high purse for him.

Relationship Status:

Lara is a married man. He is married to Yudi Lara. Lara stated that he had a wife back in Cuba, with whom he shared two sons.

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Abdullah Al Hasan writes about various players, especially about their Biography. He is a freelance content writer and a full-time blogger by profession. He also writes on Surprise Sports regularly.



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