Cuban standout and former Super-Welterweight Champion Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara (25-3-2, 14KO) finds himself in yet another big fight, this time against secondary WBA titlist Brian Carlos Castaño (15-0-0, 11KO) of Argentina.
Castaño, though he doesn’t have the fanfare, is as good as his counterparts atop the Super-Welterweight division, and Lara will be his toughest test to date. Lara is one fight removed from his epic thriller of a unification bout with ‘Swift’ Jarrett Hurd, one where he fell just short of and lost his WBA world title belt.
THE COLD HARD TRUTH – In Erislandy’s fight with Jarrett Hurd, one thing was apparent, and that was the wrong type of fight was fought, which resulted in a fight that was harder for Lara than it should have been. The two reasons why that may have been the case is either A) Lara and his team made an error in judgement, wanting to stand and counter the bigger man to beat him to the punch, or B) perhaps Lara decided to trade with Swift because due to aging, his legs and footwork may not be what it once used to be. Considering how technically proficient and how high Lara’s boxing IQ is, it may possibly be the latter, with his footwork slowing down as a result of being 35 years of age, with a good deal of mileage on him.
The true test will be this fight, to make sure exactly which one of these theories pan out, and if Lara is beginning to slow down with his foot movement, then this essentially becomes a 50-50 fight, as Castaño is technically sound in pressuring his opponents and holding his own in middle distance. Lara will ultimately need his legs for this match in efforts to defeat Castaño on the outside, and Castaño needs to prove that he can match the veteran wit for wit, keeping the pressure on and making life difficult for the aging fighter.
This is the headliner attraction taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Tune into Showtime Saturday, December 2nd to catch this interesting match-up take place.