Lara And Castano Come To A Split Decision Draw

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Boxing

By Coach Jay

Brooklyn, N.Y. - 7,329 fans at the Barclays Center witnessed the split decision draw as Brian Castano

retained his WBA Super Welterweight World title in true warrior fashion against the former world

champion Erislandy Lara. The match up between a young Argentinian with a record of (15-0-1, 11 KOs)

against the once hard to hit southpaw who's (25-3-3, 14 KOs) record has people wondering if the Lara

who's slick Cuban style of boxing that earned him multiple World title defenses has become a fighter of

the past. Obviously, at least one judge didn't see enough from Lara or Castano to score either fighter

the deciding point to walk away with the victory.

Fans and critics alike are weighing in on the judges decision to score this as a draw, even the two fighter's both believed they won. The judges decision was all the more disappointing for Lara who has not been in the squared circle in 11 months, since losing to IBF and WBA 154 lb World champion Jarrett Hurd. Make no mistake about it, Lara is still a force to be reckoned with. There have been some adjustments in the execution of the game plan but Erislandy Lara is still a championship contender.

He doesn't hesitate to express that he feels like he was robbed of the decision and the chance to once again to be a Champion. Post fight, Lara makes it clear that a rematch would readily be accepted if Costano or even Hurd desired to meet him in battle again.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Boxing

In a very exciting fight, the two threw a combined 1,688 punches. Neither fighter looked willing to give an inch in either round and both their styles served them well. Castano applied pressure where possible and attempted to keep the pace at a level that hopefully would wear Lara down. Lara still shows himself to be a soldier of war and is on a continued quest to regain his glory and claim to a World Title.

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