Erislandy Lara was on the receiving end of a controversial draw last weekend, which many saw the Cuban standout winning against exciting Argentinian Brian Castano at Brooklyn’s epicentre of Boxing – The Barclays Centre.
Lara and Castano have polar opposite styles, but it produced a succulent mix, as the pair battled to a draw which many neutral observers had the former IBO Champion Lara winning. The myth of Lara being a boring fighter to watch have well and truly evaporated after Saturday evening, as his clashes with Hurd and Castano have been phenomenal contests.
Post-fight Lara has since turned his attention to avenging his defeat to Jarrett Hurd and reclaiming his IBO belt.
Lara said, “I felt that my punches were more effective against Castano, he did bring pressure but I was the dominant fighter in the ring.
“Now I want the Hurd rematch, I felt I won that fight and it was a great fight that the fans loved. That is what the fans want to see for world titles, the best fighting the best and Hurd and I are the two best in the 154 division.”
An announcement on Jarrett Hurd’s opponent is scheduled to be released shortly by Premier Boxing Champions who have an interest in both Hurd and Lara’s career. IBO President Ed Levine gave his take on a potential rematch between Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara.
He said, “Firstly congratulations to both Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano for putting on a great fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn. Lara once again proved he is a true champion and is not only a pure boxer but someone who can fight when the going gets tough.
“I think the boxing public want to see Hurd Lara II and I know I would love to see that fight. They have both proven themselves as the elite of the Super Welterweight division, and I would love to see those two great fighters contest the IBO World title once again as I am sure many others would too.”