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Castillejo back in action!

By Robert Coster

Spanish boxing fans will cast their attention to the small city of Leganes this Saturday because Javier Castillejo, a legend in Spain, is stepping back into the ring. The 41-year-old Castillejo (62-8, 43 KOs) is making yet another comeback after a one year layoff. Javier hasn’t fought since suffering a brutal knockout at the hands of Sebastian Sylvester for the European title in Germany in March 2008. Castillejo’s opponent is fellow Spaniard Pablo Nevascues (23-1,16 KOs), an untested boxer who sees this fight as his great opportunity. Many fans consider that Javier, who has held world titles in the 154- and 160-lb divisions, has nothing to prove anymore in the ring and should probably hang up the gloves but the old “Lynx of Parla ” as he is known still feels that he can beat most of the younger men in the middleweight division in Europe. A loss to the unknown Nevascues would certainly put an end to Castillejo’s glorious 21 year career, turning a page in the history of boxing in Spain.

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