Carlos Castro (26-0, 11 KOs) wants to become a world champion at super bantamweight and with this fight against Escandon could get him a step closer to a title shot. He has scored wins against Genesis Servania, Mario Diaz, and Cesar Juarez over the past couple of years. He is aware that a veteran like Escandon will test him, but he is also excited that he will fight in front of his hometown fans.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to fight an excellent opponent in Escandón,” said Castro. “I’m very motivated to put on a great performance in front of my hometown fans. On August 28, I’m going to be ready to showcase all of my skills and hard work in the ring so I leave with my hand raised.”
Escandón (26-5, 18 KOs) is a tough veteran from Colombia who has faced a slew of top contenders and champions including featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr, super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa, and hard-hitting contender Tugstsogt Nyambayar. He scored what some felt was a surprising victory over Jhack Tepora with a first round knockout, and he has the chance to score another upset against an undefeated fighter in Castro.
“I’m very focused on training for this fight because I know a win can lead me back to another world title opportunity,” said Escandón. “Castro is a good young fighter who has a solid jab and can move. But I think he’s the perfect opponent for me. There are a lot of things we can do to win this fight and I can’t wait to go in there on August 28th and show it.”