Lara comes up short, Ortiz & Hitchins victorious
by Bryan Fonseca
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Erislandy Lara and Brian Carlos Castano boxed their way to a disappointing draw at Barclays Center on Saturday night. (Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)
Erislandy Lara and Brian Carlos Castano boxed their way to a disappointing draw at Barclays Center on Saturday night. (Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime)
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Luis Ortiz (left) returned to Barclays Center with a victory over Christian Hammer. (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime)
Luis Ortiz (left) returned to Barclays Center with a victory over Christian Hammer. (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime)
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Erislandy Lara is no stranger to controversial decisions. Unfortunately for him, he was the victim of yet another this past Saturday at Barclays Center.

The Cuban-born fighter (25-3-3, 14 KO’s) boxed his way to a 12-round draw in a WBA World super welterweight title bout against undefeated challenger Brian Carlos Castano (15-0, 11 KO’s), who entered with little fanfare.

Of the three scores, one favored each fighter 115-113, and the third read 114-114, ruling the bout a draw.

“It was a great fight, but I saw myself winning eight rounds tonight,” said Lara after the bout. “My punches were much more effective. He did have pressure, but I was dominating the pressure. I was definitely expecting that because he waited a long time for this fight.”

Lara was out-landed by Castano 181-103 on power punches, but landed 34 percent of his attempts to his opponent’s 27 percent.

After the draw, Lara, 35, shot-down the notion that his age was beginning to show. (He was coming off a narrow split decision loss to Jarrett Hurd in a world title unification bout from April 2018.)

“Again I demonstrated I’m not old, I’m still fine-tuned,” Lara insisted. “If we have to fight him again I’ll fight him. Hurd or Castano, anybody. I’ll have the rematch with both.”

Castano also felt he should’ve been victorious.

“It was a good fight, a clash of styles,” he said. “I know I won the fight, I feel I was robbed. If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I’m ready for whoever they put in front of me.”

On the undercard a former heavyweight contender, who memorably pushed WBC Champion Deontay Wilder to the limits at Barclays Center on March 3 of last year, returned to the Brooklyn arena on Saturday.

Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO’s) recorded two knockouts since falling to Wilder, and beat German heavyweight Christian Hammer over 12 rounds.

“The fight wasn’t what I was expecting,” Ortiz said, after winning by scores of 100-90 and two of 99-91. “It was a hard fight and my corner really had to work with me. After I got the rhythm, I heated up a little bit. Every heavyweight out there should know that I still have it at 40. Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, I’m ready.”

Mexican featherweight Eduardo Ramirez (22-1-3, 9 KO’s) TKO’d Bryan De Gracia (24-2-1, 20 KO’s) on the main card in round nine of their bout.

Barclays Center mainstay and Brooklyn native Richardson Hitchins improved to 8-0.

The 21-year-old has fought 7-of-8 pro bouts at Barclays Center since making his debut on March 4, 2017, and his TKO victory over journeyman David Morales (13-10, 13 KO’s) was Hitchins’ fourth career stoppage.
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