On Thursday at Barclays Center, Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano addressed the press two days before their WBA super welterweight championship.
“Everyone knows what I bring to the ring and you will see me at my best on Saturday,” Lara told reporters about his return to the ring after his fight of the year against Jarrett Hurd. “This fight means a lot to me and I’ve prepared with that mentality.”
In regards to fighting Hurd, Lara told FIGHT SPORTS that “I’m really happy to be part of a fight of the year, a fight of that magnitude.”
“I still feel that I won that fight, but looking back it was a great fight and a great night for boxing.”
Lara feels he is in the best shape of his career, telling FIGHT SPORTS that he’s not only “100% focused in the gym, but studying up on Castano and what he’s done (in his career.)”
“I’m here to win and show everyone that I’m the best 154-pounder in the world. I’m going to take a big step in cleaning out the division on Saturday. I’m going to be at my best and bring home the victory.”
While Lara may be the more well-known fighter, he’s the challenger on Saturday night on Showtime, as he faces the WBA super middleweight champion, Castano.
“There’s nothing left to say, on Saturday night,” Castano said while addressing reporters; “it’s going to be a war. The best fighting the best. This is a truly elite super welterweight I’m facing and that’s what I want. I want to face the best.
“A fight is a fight. It doesn’t matter who is in front of me. Lara is a great fighter, but we have to beat him to get where we want to go. This is the path we’ve chosen to get to that ultimate goal,” the champion said when asked about the challenge of the former world champion.
“I worked so hard for this fight because I know how much is at stake. I’ve been looking for this fight, even before Lara lost to Hurd. Luckily everything came together for me to fight Lara on Saturday.”