Today’s Big3: 2/28

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Former 154-pound world Champ Erislandy Lara and current WBA “regular” champ Brian Castano are all set for their March 2nd date at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Each man is prepared to establish himself as the best 154-pounder in the world. Lara, a possible hall of famer, said “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…I just want the biggest fights. There are a lot of great fighters at this weight and around it. I’m going to be ready for anyone who steps up to the challenge.” The current ‘regular” champ stated “I breathe boxing and people are going to see that on Saturday night. I’m going to show them that I’m a great boxer and I’ve prepared to beat the best.” The Argentinian added There’s nothing left to say, on Saturday night, it’s going to be a war. The best fighting the best. This is a truly elite super welterweight I’m facing and that’s what I want. I want to face the best.”

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Donnie Nietes and mandatory challenger Aston Palicte were set to go to purse bids today. A fight that was met with a surprising amount of interest from boxing promoters around all over the world. Unfortunately for fight fans, Nietes was not among the interested. The legendary four-division title claimant from the Philippines has vacated his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight belt in lieu of a second go versus his countryman Palicte. The move came just ahead of a purse bid hearing scheduled for Thursday morning at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The rumor is that Palicte will ahve to face Puerto Rican contender Jeyvier Cintron who is currently ranked #4 by the organization and is repped by Bob Arum and Top Rank. Arum will win the purse bid and put the fight in Puerto Rico.

Former IBF Champ James “Chunky” DeGegale announced his retirement in an official statement today. He walks away from the ring with a record of 26-3-1 and will be remembered for victories over Andre Dirrell, Lucian Bute, and Brandon Gonzales along with many others. He also had a fight of the year candidate in 2017 a back and forth slugfest against Badu Jack that ended in a draw. At 33, DeGale had seen better days and after the loss to Eubank Jr, a fighter he would have likely outclassed in his younger years has decided to walk away. As the IBHOF decides if Chunky is a worthy candidate, DeGale will be remembered fondly by fight fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

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