ERISLANDY "THE AMERICAN DREAM" LARA
"I thought of the name 'The American Dream' with my co-manager Luis Decubas Jr., because I defected from Cuba to achieve my dreams. Since I've been living in the United States, my family and I have truly been living the American Dream.
"Coming from literally nothing, and receiving my first pair of shoes at the age of eight in a communist country, sometimes you don't realize how important opportunity and freedom is until you have lived it. With hard work, a good team and the support of my wife, Yudi, behind me, I've been able to provide my family with a roof over their head, a good education, and daily meals that I never experienced as a kid in Cuba, but most importantly freedom.
"I risked my life in shark-infested waters leaving my mother, children and friends behind to escape a country led by a ruthless dictator to better my life, and my family's lives. It took a lot of courage but that's what I had to do to fulfill my dream of becoming a world champion, and it happened in the great United States of America, hence my nickname 'The American Dream.' "