Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Erislandy Lara: Brian Castano "A Must-Win Fight For Me'

By Lem Satterfield

Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara has “a must-win fight” with Argentina’s WBA “regular” 154-pound champion Brian Carlos Castano, a hammer-fisted 29-year-old brawler he could meet in an early spring bout confirmed to be in the works by their respective mangers, Sebastian Contursi and Luis DeCubas Jr.

The 35-year-old Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) lost a 154-pound unification against Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16 KOs) in his last fight April at Barclays Center in New York, being floored in the final round of a split-decision that added Lara’s WBA “super” world championship to the IBF version Hurd already owned.

Lara will try to regain a version of his crown from Castano (15-0, 11 KOs), who is coming off a 12th-round TKO of southpaw Cedric Vitu for his second defense in March.

“I would have to say this is a must-win fight for me, but I’m confident in my abilities and preparation going in to this fight,” said Lara, who lost his status as the junior middleweight division’s longest reigning champion.

“A win against a younger fighter like Castano will let everyone in boxing know that I’m still an elite fighter, one who will regain his world champion status in the near future.”

erislandy-lara (11)_1

Prior to Hurd, Lara contended he still should have been unbeaten. Lara’s disputed majority decision loss to left-handed former two-division world champion Paul Williams in July 2011 came under such scrutiny that the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board indefinitely suspended all three judges.

“The American Dream” outworked and out-landed Canelo Alvarez during a split-decision loss in July 2014, and draws with former champion Carlos Molina in March 2011 and title contender Vanes Martirosyan in November 2012 are the only other blemishes on Lara’s record.

Lara unanimously decisioned Martirosyan in May 2016, owns a one-knockdown unanimous decision over left-handed former champion Austin Trout (December 2013) and has another unanimous decision over former titleholder Ishe Smith (December 2014).

Lara’s also stopped former champions Jan Zaveck (November 2015), Yuri Foreman (January 2017) and Alfredo Angulo (June 2013) in the third, fourth and 10th rounds, rising from fourth- and ninth-round knockdowns to defeat Angulo.

“I’ve fought some very talented fighters during my career, and, to be honest, some say I should be undefeated. But a few bad decisions didn’t go my way, and here I am,” said Lara.

“I’ve been in some of the biggest fights in boxing to go along with my extensive amateur career. I’ve been here and done that already, and when it’s all said and done, my resume speaks for itself, so all of the pressure is on [Castano.]”

Castano went 181-5-5 as an amateur, along the way defeating current 147-pound champion Errol Spence, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcao, and, in the World Series of Boxing, Sergey Derevyanchenko, October's split-decision loser to Daniel Jacobs in a clash for the IBF’s vacant 160-pound world title.

“This won’t be an easy fight. Castano is a very talented fighter who is very big for the division, and yes, he’s dangerous. He’s never tasted defeat, so he doesn’t know what it’s like to lose,” said Lara.

“He’s got some power and he’s fought some of the best fighters while in the amateurs, but he’s never been in the ring with a fighter like me. I feel I have at least three to five more years left in me. I still feel young.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by PunchyPotorff on 01-06-2019

Hurd was too big for Lara, yet Lara still hung in there and would've won but for the KD. This Castano is big too... although not quite as much firepower as Hurd. Lara has more experience, and he has some…

Comment by Casualfanforyou on 01-05-2019

Lara in many eyes is undeafeted. Maybe all of the L’s should’ve been draws. He might draw again. Good luck to him. Dude has a couple years left in the tank.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 01-05-2019

Sh^t in boxing every fight is a must win fight more or less. At the top ten level it is anyway. Fans too hard on boxers after L's in boxing. Be the #3 guy in the division on Saturday morning…

Comment by richardt on 01-05-2019

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;19409431]A guy from Puerto Rico send him to the canvas[/QUOTE]That's called a knock down, not a knock out, you do know the difference???

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 01-04-2019

[QUOTE=otrocubiche;19409317]Unless he is completely shocked from last fight, any version of Lara plays with Castaño, he took everything from Hurd and went down only once in the last round, I don't think Castaño hits as hard or throws as much…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (29)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Jayson Velez Reflects: I Beat Arboleda, The Public Knows It Fury: I'll Show My Power - I'll Make Deontay Wilder Quit! Mayweather: I'm Athlete of The Decade - NOT LeBron James Wilder-Fury Rematch: What We've Been Waiting For Warren: Knockdowns Give Fury Psychological Edge Over Wilder Spike O'Sullivan Anticipates 154 Title Eliminator on Canelo Card Adrian Montoya Takes Down Juan Torres in Two Rounds Cameron Krael Stuns Ravshan Hudaynazarov By Split Nod Haye: Fury Taking Big Gamble With Decision To Change Trainer Dulay Furious With Loss: I Boxed The Hell Out Of Magdaleno Mike Tyson: Fury Getting Up Was Like Rocky, Made Me a Fan Caleb Plant Not Keen On Short-Notice Fight Versus Canelo Perrella on TKO Loss: I Won Every Round - It's Like Chavez-Taylor Rau'Shee Warren: Felt Good To Be Back, I Want To Return in May Abel Ramos Stops Perrella With 1 Second Left in Fight Dubois: Joe Joyce Will Retire, This Will Be His Last Career Fight! Caleb Plant: I Want David Benavidez, I'm Tired of Waiting! Ryan Garcia: I Look Like A F--kin' Beast At 21 Years Old! Caleb Plant Batters, Dominates Feigenbutz in TKO Win Jordan Gill Back, Has Return Set For March 28 In London Dorticos Expects a "Classic" Battle With Mairis Briedis in Riga News: Kash Ali, Alex Dilmaghani, Brad Foster, Chamberlain, More Mike Tyson Reacts To Wilder's Prediction of Beating Him Kell Brook: I'd Be 100% in Errol Spence Rematch - I'd Beat Him Benavidez Warns Plant: Easy To Look Good Against a Bum! Elwin Soto Destroys Javier Rendon in The First Round Hearn: Pressure on Joshua To KO Pulev - They Will Trade Punches Caleb Plant Beats Down Overmatched Feigenbutz, TKO in Ten Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Abel Ramos Scores Dramatic Stoppage of Bryant Perrella Diego Magadeleno Drops, Shocks Austin Dulay For Decision Win Plant: Not Here To Be Nice To Feigenbutz, Here To Knock Him Out Rau'Shee Warren Returns, Decisions Gilberto Mendoza Over Ten Ramos: Perrella's Trash Talk Is As Basic As The Way He Fights Feigenbutz: I Will KO Plant For My Nashville Fans Since He Doesn't Have Any Of His Own Dulay Embraces Hometown Edge For Crossroads Bout With Magdaleno Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz - LIVE Results From Nashville Benavidez: Feigenbutz Not Good At All; How Many Tune-Ups Does Plant Get? Caleb Plant: I'm Sharper Now Than I Was For Uzcategui, Lee Adrian Montoya Returns To Action in Tijuana, Mexico
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement