WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Brian Carlos Castano (15-0-1, 11 KOs) believes he was robbed by the judges last Saturday night in his fight against Erislandy Lara (25-3-3, 15 KOs) with their 12 round draw in front of 7,329 fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
There’s already talk of a rematch between the two fighters. Just when that’ll be is unclear.
“If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch,” Castano said after the contest.
“I waited for him. Anyway, 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.”
Lara said after the fight that he’d be willing to fight Castano or Hurd again. He doesn’t care which of the two he faces. If asked to choose, Lara would likely prefer to fight Hurd again, as he’s the bigger name, and he holds the real WBA 154 lb title. Castano has the secondary WBA junior middleweight belt, and that one isn’t see as in as high regard as the WBA Super World belt.
The fight proved that Castano could compete at a higher level at times outclassing, outsmarting the aging Lara. He showed that he is a fighter to be reckoned with in the talent-filled 154lb division, solidifying his status as a viable challenger against the very best in the division like Jarrett Hurd, Tony Harrison, Jaime Munguia, and Jermell Charlo.
This was a fight in which Castano, a virtual unknown to the U.S boxing public, was counting on winning over the American fans with a nice win over the 35-year-old Lara on showtime. Instead of getting the win, however, Castano had to settle for a highly competitive split-draw.
The judges scored the fight 115-113 (Castaño), 115-113 (Lara) and 114-114.
Castaño , held a large advantage in power connects (181-103) while Lara found success landing his left hand down the middle on his way to a 34 percent to 27 percent advantage in power accuracy.
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.
“It was a good fight, a good clash of styles,” Castano said after the fight. “I know I won the fight. I feel I was robbed. He’s an elusive boxer. I knew that. I prepared for that. I think it was a good fight, but I won. I know I won. I landed more punches.”
Lara naturally thought he had won the fight as well,
“It was a great fight, but I saw myself winning eight rounds tonight,”Lara said. “My punches were much more effective. He did have pressure, but I was dominating the pressure.
I was definitely expecting that pressure because he waited a long time for this fight. Again, I demonstrated I’m not old. I’m still fine-tuned.”