Today’s Big 3: 1/4/19

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Erislandy Lara will battle Brian Castano

#3 Lara says Castano fight is “must win”– Cuban technician, Erislandy Lara is now 35-years- old and is still in search of that career-defining win that elevates him to hall of fame status. His three career losses are all controversial. The Canelo and Paul Williams losses were highway robbery and the Hurd fight was a 50/50 toss-up of a decision that went the other way. A loss to mostly unheard of Brian Castano of Argentina would signal the end of the road for the Cuban standout and his days of being an elite 154-pounder would basically be over. A win over Castano would give him a version of the WBA strap and would put him in line to fight Hurd in a rematch of last years fight of the year. Castano is a hard-hitting seek and destroy type fighter who is mainly unknown in the US, having last fought in the states in 2016 against journeymen Marcus Upshaw. In his last fight, he stopped veteran Cedric Vitu in the 12th and final round.

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2 Pac calls out the winner of Spence/Garcia– Manny Pacquiao is perhaps looking past Adrian Broner and looking forward to the second half of the year which could perhaps be the last year of his illustrious career. At 40, Pac remains a huge draw, as well as a legitimate threat for anyone at the 147-Pound division. His recent move from Top Rank to PBC will allow him to get the fight of his choice against any of the top young champions at 147. Keith Thurman who holds the “super” version of the WBA strap would be an intriguing fight as well and one that Thurman has openly expressed interest in, it’s also a fight that many would give Pacquiao at least a decent chance of having success in. Spence the odds-on favorite to be victorious over Garcia has also expressed interest in fighting Manny Pacquiao and told WBO champ Terence Crawford that Pacquiao’s name had been discussed and his (Crawford’s) name was not. So there’s a likely chance of Pacquiao getting a mega fight with either Thurman or Spence if he is victorious in his fight with Broner.

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#1 Khan picks Crawford over Brook Once a star always a draw. That sentiment rings completely true for Amir “King” Kahn. Khan did not look very impressive in his last outing against tune-up Samuel Vargas and was even knocked down, before that he fought journeymen Phil Lo Greco as his only two fights since his layoff from the brutal knockout loss he suffered to Canelo Alvarez back in 2016. Despite, not having a high-level win over a top welterweight since Chris Algeri in 2015. Khan found himself in the driver’s seat getting to decided between a PPV mega fight against fellow Brit and arch-rival Kell Brook or fighting current Pound for Pound kingpin and WBO champ Terence Crawford on PPV in the US. Khan has apparently opted for the latter as opposed to the former. If Khan is successful against Crawford it will propel him to P4P status and be the career-defining victory that he has been in search of since capturing the 2008 Silver medal and turning pro shortly after. Khan was allegedly offered $5 million plus PPV upside, which is more than either Wilder or Fury were guaranteed in their December heavyweight title scrap.

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