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Castano: I Know I Beat Lara, I Feel I Was Robbed, I'd Do Rematch

Former 154-pound world champion Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Brian Castaño fought to a highly competitive split-draw Saturday at Barclays Center in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

With the draw, Castaño retains the WBA belt in what was the toughest test of his career against the longtime top 154-pounder in Lara. The judges scored the fight 115-113 (Castaño), 115-113 (Lara) and 114-114.

Castaño (15-0-1, 11 KOs), who was fighting in his first U.S. main event, held a large advantage in power connects (181-103) while Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) found success landing his left hand down the middle on his way to a 34 percent to 27 percent advantage in power accuracy. 

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In the close, difficult-to-score fight, five of the rounds were separated by three or fewer connects and three of those rounds favored Lara. In the final two rounds, Castaño ramped up the pressure and connected on 44 punches, while Lara landed only 24 punches across the championship rounds. Castaño won the final three rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, the Argentine would have lost his belt.

After the hotly contested fight, both fighters have options, including a rematch, in the talent-rich super welterweight division.

“I know I won the fight. I feel I was robbed,” a disappointed Castaño said.

“If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I waited for him this time so I can wait for him again if he wants the rematch. I would give him the rematch if he wants. I can also go ahead and fight any other champion that wants to fight me. I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me. Hurd or anyone else.”

 In the co-feature, Cuban heavyweight slugger Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over a game Christian Hammer (24-6, 14 KOs). Although the judges scored the fight 100-90 and 99-91 twice, both men fought through bloody noses at different points in the fight and both were stunned in a back-and-forth second round.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by john l on 03-04-2019

[QUOTE=Nusky;19556768]So tired of these fighters saying they got robbed. One of the most overused terms in all of boxing. It was a draw and you got to keep your meaningless belt. FOH[/QUOTE] Amen just said same thing it was a…

Comment by john l on 03-04-2019

[QUOTE=Letmaku;19557046]Remember- Pacman landed 180 vs. Horns 90 only. Boxing is now the most corrupt but lucrative business in the world![/QUOTE] You cant just reley on punch stats alone to prove your point.You do know that its just two guys counting…

Comment by john l on 03-04-2019

I had Castano winning 7-5 and also picked him to win.I picked him to win because I thought Lara might be done and Castano is a good fighter.I said at time I thought Lara has the higher ceiling and will…

Comment by Since1976 on 03-04-2019

[QUOTE=Greenfield02;19555964]It's Bull how fighters use the word Robbery in a close fight. No Robbery, just a close fight. Robbery should only be used when you beat the crap out of your opponent for 12 rounds and don't get the decision.…

Comment by Letmaku on 03-04-2019

[QUOTE=kushking;19556032][I][B] To everyone who says Lara won how do you explain these stats? & don't say compuboxs inaccurate because its dead on Lara wasn't doing anything most the fight besides killing the action..[/B][/I] To greenfield02 I ask you is outlanding…

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