Castano vs Lara : In the Showtime Boxing Erislandy Lara faces Brian Castano at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.Lara has long had a reputation as a brilliant boxer and a fine technician but also as a fighter who wasn’t much fun to watch. That changed 11 months ago when he lost a close (and thrilling) split decision to Jarrett Hurd in the BWAA Fight of the Year. On Saturday night, when Lara faces Brian Castano on Showtime, he’s planning to do all he can to prove he’s still a top junior middleweight.
Brian Castano vs Erislandy Lara
Place: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Time: 9:00 pm ET
Castano vs Lara Live Stream
“I’m excited for this fight,” Lara said. “I’m just ready to fight. It’s great to have another chance to fight for a world title and work toward getting my top spot back.”
Last March, Hurd took Lara’s 154 pound title by doing this.
Now, Lara is getting back into the ring for a chance to prove he still belongs at the elite level.
There are plenty of reasons to watch Lara face Castano in New York City. Here are three of them.
1) Lara’s age vs. Castano’s inexperience: Lara (25-3-2, 15 KOs) has faced some of the best 154-pounders of his era. Though he lost to Hurd and Canelo Alvarez in 2014, he should have been announced as the victor over Paul Williams (Lara was royally robbed in 2011) and he did beat Alfredo Angulo and Austin Trout. Lara has not scored a win over an A-list opponent, but he’s always beaten B-level fighters and below. We don’t know yet what level Castano is—his resume is rather thin at the moment—but Lara has the experience to beat him if he’s anything less than elite. Unless Lara, at the age of 35, has become too old. Lara doesn’t think so. “Because I haven’t taken too much punishment in my career, I feel like I’m still in my 20’s physically,” Lara said, via Premier Boxing Champions. “Mentally, I’m wiser and my ring IQ is at an all-time high.”
Castano vs Lara : Showtime
2) Castano plans to be aggressive: Castano’s (15-0, 11 KOs) best victory is his split decision victory vs. Michel Soro in 2017. Which means that Castano has never faced anybody near the talent level of Lara. Though Lara is a slick boxer, Castano said he plans to beat him with aggression. “On paper we know that Lara is a slick fighter that can be difficult to catch, while I’m more like a demolisher that goes after you all fight,” Castano said. “Lara moves around the ring very wisely and has great timing on the counterpunch. In the ring, you never know how it can play out though. I probably haven’t faced someone like him before, so I have to cut off the ring in an even smarter manner.”
3)The odds basically make this a pick ‘em fight: This is a typical crossroads fight between a young, inexperienced fighter and the older, more wizened boxer who’s trying to stop the young guy from taking his place in the sport’s hierarchy. Oddsmakers, as of Friday night, make Lara a -160 favorite, meaning you’d have to wager $160 to win $100 on a Lara win (Castano, meanwhile, is a +130 favorite). In reality, though, it might as well be a pick ‘em fight. “Castano is undefeated but he hasn’t fought anyone yet,” Lara said. “He’s definitely never fought anyone close to my level. After Saturday night, he won’t be undefeated any more.”