PHOTOS: Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano Battle to 12-Round Split=Draw at The Barclays Center

Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, March 2, former junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara and current WBA junior middleweight champion Brian Castano battled to a highly-competitive 12-round split-draw that was extremely hard to score. The action took place on SHOWTIME from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with scorecards reading 115-113 Castano, 115-113 Lara, and 114-114.

Castaño (15-0-1, 11 KOs), was able to outland his opponent (181-103) with power shots, yet Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) was the far more effective boxer, as he dictated the pace of the fight while landing 34% of his shots compared to 27% for his Argentinean foe.

Obviously, after the dust had settled, each man felt like they had done enough for the victory.

“I know I won the fight; I feel I was robbed,” Castano stated. “If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I waited for him this time so I can wait for him again if he wants the rematch. 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.”

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Lara saw things differently.

“I thought I won the fight by landing the more accurate and effective punches,” the Cuban prizefighter said. “Castaño came to fight but he never hurt me and I hurt him. All I can do is give the fans great fights and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I have a lot of fight left in me and I’m not going anywhere.”

Could a rematch be coming anytime soon? For now, check below for a closer look at the ringside action from this excellent fight.

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Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

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