Lara Wants Hurd Rematch With Win Over Castano
Just over a week away from his return to the ring, Erislandy Lara held a media workout on Tuesday.
Lara, who looks to claim the WBA super welterweight title on March 2nd against current champion Brian Castano, feels prepared for their showdown at Barclays Center.
“Brian Castaño is coming into this fight with an undefeated record, but it’s nothing I haven’t seen before,” said Lara. “This will be my third fight in a row versus an undefeated fighter. I’m taking this very seriously. Stylistically, I feel I’m the superior fighter, but he’s a very strong champion. I will be prepared to take back a title in this great division, then look to the biggest fights that are out there.”
With a win against Castano, Lara would put himself in line for a unification rematch against current unified 154-pound champion Jarrett Hurd.
“The fight against Hurd was a great fight for the fans, but I felt I won seven or eight rounds that night,” said Lara of his 2018 fight of the year candidate against Hurd.
“To be on the wrong end of another close decision left a bad taste in my mouth. That fight being recognized as ‘Fight of the Year’ shows my versatility as a fighter. I was on the ballot before with Alfredo Angulo, so it was good to get recognized for being a warrior, not only a craftsman. I will always give the fans my all and come March 2, it will be no different.”