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Castellanos Named as Mandatory To Gary Russell

By Miguel Rivera

Robinson Castellanos (21-10, 13KOs) was confirmed by the World Boxing Council as the new mandatory challenger to the WBC featherweight championship, which is currently held by Gary Russell Jr. Castellanos and his team are now waiting for the WBC to set the deadlines for the free negotiations period and, if necessary, the date of the purse bid.

There has not been a mandatory defense of the WBC featherweight title for two years. Abner Mares back in 2013 made a voluntary defense and was knocked out in one by Jhonny Gonzalez, who last month took a voluntary and was stopped in the fourth by Russell. 

Castellanos won a final eliminator earlier this year with his hard-fought decision over veteran Rocky Juarez.

The challenger stated: "I'm content with the position of the WBC, as it is a serious and honorable sanctioning body and right now I'm only expecting the negotiations, I plan to prepare thoroughly and fulfill my dream of becoming world champion."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chico malo loc on 04-09-2015

Russell will be to much for the streaking castellanos.

Comment by Rope_Burns on 04-09-2015

Looking forward to this one. I think Castellanos has a chance for an upset here, chances are slim but i wouldn't sleep on him.

Comment by richardt on 04-08-2015

That's a tough draw for a mandatory. Castellanos put a serious beat down on unbeaten Ronnie Rios and Rocky Juarez.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 04-08-2015

Isn't that the guy that just beat rocky Juarez?

Comment by ElMeroChingon on 04-08-2015

TBA has name? oh *****...

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