By Miguel Rivera
One more victory and the elite doors will open for Argentina's Brian Castano, who on March 2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will defend the "regular" super welterweight title of the World Boxing Association against former unified champion Erislandy Lara.
Aware of the difficulties that Lara presents in the ring, the Argentine has been preparing for this fight the last four months. He knows that this is the platform he wanted after 27 months as a champion to make a statement and secure bigger fights.
"I'm counting the days and hours to achieve the biggest win of my career," said Castaño to ESPN Deportes. "This fight is very special for me, Erislandy was, is and will continue to be one of the best super welterweights today, and for me it is nice to measure myself with boxers of his level, to demonstrate that we are progressing. Without a doubt, this is the greatest moment of my career, we need the perfect fight."
Castano won the interim-WBA super welterweight title in November 2016. He successfully defended in France against Miguel Soro, and then was elevated to "regular" monarch and beat Cedric Vitu last March.
Also last March, Lara lost his IBO and WBA 'super' titles when he lost a twelve round decision to Jarrett Hurd in one of the best matches of 2018.
"Precisely, because I know Lara's history I asked for the fight, and I know he also looked for it. This March 2, you will see my potential, for many years I have been working to win a fight of this size, so that people know that Argentina has a champion with talent to compete with the best. Beating Lara will open the doors of the elite, that's why we are working every day with great pleasure and eager for the day to come," Castano said.
"I get this fight at the best moment of my career, I feel ready and ready to fight with anyone, we want to make noise and I know it will not be easy because of his style, because not a lot of people like that Olympic, elusive style - but they like the most spectacular and aggressive style... in the end I have to do what it takes to win and that includes not making any mistakes, because at this level the slightest mistake can cost you a lot."