Super Middleweights Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KOs) and Brian Castaño (15-0, 11 KOs) will have a ton on the line when they match up on March 2, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Lara, in his previous bout, lost a close split decision to current unified champion Jarrett Hurd. In the process of dropping that contest, Lara lost both his WBA and IBO titles. With a win over Castaño, Lara will gain a small piece of his hardware back as the WBA “regular” title, which is held by Castaño, will be on the line.
Lara, who is now 35 years of age, is looking to show that he still has plenty left in the tank. He has always been a graceful fighter. He moves around the ring and uses his unmatched boxing ability to coast to a decision victory more times than not.
For Lara, he has shown no signs of slowing down. Even with his most recent defeat he has shown that he still belongs at the top of the division.
That is a position that Castaño would love to place himself in. The Argentinian-born boxer has amassed an undefeated record through 15 fights.
Although that is impressive he has not gained the notoriety and recognition from both the fans and media alike. A win over Lara, who has been a dominant force for many years, could change that.
On paper, Lara seems to hold the advantage in several areas. Experience, pedigree and overall boxing skill are all in the former champions favor.
Lara also possesses a two-inch height advantage and a staggering seven-inch reach advantage. To say the odds are stacked against Castaño would be putting it mildly. However, he is one win away from becoming a major name in the division. A loss for Lara would seemingly spell the end for his career.
Both men can’t afford to lose. One fighter is battling to stay at the top, while the other is fighting to place himself among the best.