The World Boxing Association is in the process of ordering “Super” junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara to face “Regular” champ, Brian Castano.
Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s), 34, a Cuba native fighting out of Houston Texas, has won six fights consecutively since losing a controversial split decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2014. The most significant among those six include Vanes Martirosyan and Terrell Gausha, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, whom he defeated in his most recent fight, a snoozer at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Castano (14-0, 10 KO’s), 28, of Argentina, a 2010 South American Games gold medalist, knocked out Emmanuel de Jesus in the fourth-round of a November 2016 to win the interim belt, and made his first defense in July with a split decision victory over Michel Soro.
He was promoted to “Regular” champion when Demetrius Andrade vacated the title following a move up to middleweight.
It will be the first major test for Castano. However, with a seven-inch reach advantage for Lara [74” to 67”], it will likely be a tall task for the former amateur standout.