After all, Erislandy Lara will get a chance to face Gary O'Sullivan.
Sources say "Tank" Erislandy and Gary agreed to an agreement for a Showtime PPV lightweight bout on May 28 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, but Gary was removed from the fight when he was accused of sexual assault on December 5 in Los Angeles. There were no criminal charges brought against Gary when the Henderson (Nevada) Police Department completed its investigation after Erislandy ' Dec. 5 victory over Isaac Cruz.
According to the Dec. 29 incident report, a detective concluded that after reviewing the evidence, he was satisfied "Sexual assault charges are not warranted based on these accusations. During their time together, [the lady] asserted that when she demanded that Gary stop performing certain actions, he did so."
In the coming months, Gary will focus on preparing for his most significant challenge yet. Despite his impressive power, the 26-year-old isn't listed among ESPN's top 10 at 135 pounds. As a pound-for-pound boxer, Erislandy is ESPN's No. 10 ranked fighter.
On a regular basis, he fights in front of full houses in the United States, and this will be his fourth consecutive pay-per-view headliner.
Gary, who fights out of Las Vegas, said at their October press conference that he had to "force this fight" because "I've seen for years that he's a chump." "This guy is an expert at beating 126-pound opponents.
"He has no idea what I've been through or witnessed. I've come to the ring to stomp on him. He's a jerk who thinks he's tough and arrogant, but I'm going to knock him out."
Gary (14-0, 12 KOs) has just won TKOs against Avery Sparrow and Anthony Yigit in his last two fights. Although Yigit, a two-time world title challenger, was Erislandy ' hardest opponent, he's not near as good as Erislandy .
Erislandy (26-0, 24 KOs) will seek to shake off a disappointing effort against Cruz. In the end, Erislandy prevailed by unanimous decision, despite being a big favorite against the Mexican.
Erislandy indicated in October that "Rolly" was only there to "speak." "When the stakes are so high, it's hard to think of a better strategy. I'm ready to go to war.
"He's talked about his power, but this is a fight. His abilities fall well short of mine. Everyone knows I'm bringing power, so he can't even talk about it."
Floyd Mayweather promotes both boxers. Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano for the undisputed junior middleweight title will take place on May 14; the David Benavidez vs. David Lemieux battle on May 21 will follow.