WBA to order Erislandy Lara vs. Brian Castano

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.

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