Lara: ‘I’m going to take a big step in cleaning out the division on Saturday’

Former world champion Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Welterweight Champ Brian Castaño went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they headline action this Saturday live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Lara, 35, is looking to regain his title after losing it to Jarrett Hurd last April, and while Lara lost to Hurd, he was excited to be apart of an action-packed fight.

“I had a great fight against Jarrett Hurd,” Lara said at a press conference on Thursday. “There was a height and weight difference on fight night, but that whole experience is history now. My focus is on Castaño and making this another great fight. It’s great to be a part of awards like Fight of the Year, but now I have to move on to what is next.”

At his advanced age, Lara does not have much time left in the sport, so all he wants at this stage of his career are the biggest and best fights out there.

“I just want the biggest fights. There are a lot of great fighters at this weight and around it,” Lara said. “I’m going to be ready for anyone who steps up to the challenge.

“I’m here to win and show everyone that I’m the best 154-pounder in the world. I’m going to take a big step in cleaning out the division on Saturday. I’m going to be at my best and bring home the victory.”

If he beats the tough Castaño, Lara will be right back in the mix at 154. If he loses, it should be interesting what he does next.

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