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Michel Soro rematch next for Brian Castano

Castano won their 2017 meeting by split decision

Erislandy Lara v Brian Castano Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

It looks as though we won’t be getting an immediate rematch of last Saturday’s quality battle between Brian Castano and Erislandy Lara. ESPN reports that the Castano, the WBA “regular” champion, is contractually obligated to rematch mandatory challenger Michel Soro as part of the agreement that led to the Lara fight.

One would imagine that a more pressing concern would be unifying the “regular” strap with the “super” belt held by the presently unoccupied Jarrett Hurd, but the WBA is literally less legitimate than the IBO.

Soro (33-2-1, 22 KO) has been a top super welterweight for quite some time, but bouts with Liam Smith and Austin Trout both fell through, leaving him to tout Glen Tapia and Emanuele Blandamura as his biggest wins. He fought Castano (15-0-1, 11 KO) for the interim belt in 2017, losing a split decision in his native France.

You can watch their first fight here, though the “HD” in the title is a stronger term than I’d use.

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