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Castillo: I can be champion again

Zanfer

Two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, figures he has one last championship run in him and after fighting all over Mexico last year, he is ready to go back to the big leagues and look for one more shot at a world title. Castillo will begin 2010 with an important 10 round fight against Alfonso Gomez, on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium as part of the televised card that will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view and is headlined by boxing’s super star Manny Pacquiao who will defend his WBO welterweight championship against Joshua Clottey.

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“Last year was just about getting back in the ring consistently and training year round to get back into the swing of things. I know that I was not facing the best opponents but is was about getting my self in shape both physically and mentally,” said Castillo who fought only once in 2008 which was a loss to Sebastian Lujan and twice in 18 months after his loss to Ricky Hatton in June of 2007.

Last year Castillo fought and won four times all wins came by knockout and were fought at welterweight.

“I know I can make 140 pounds with a good training camp and that what I want to do after this fight against Gomez. I spent three weeks in Big Bear and got in great shape, I have spent the last two in Tijuana doing some good hard sparring and I’m ready to go,” said Castillo now 36 years old.

During his stayed in Tijuana Castillo has been sparring with a lot younger fighters and has look eager and ready everyday.

“For the first time in a long time, I feel good in the gym and look forward to going to the gym and training. I know this could be my last chance to prove myself as a quality fighter and that’s what I intend to do. Gomez is a good tough fighter and I will have to be at my best to beat him,” said Castillo.

“I know that with hard work and staying focused I can become a world champion again and I have to take advantage of this opportunity. Fighting in a big card like this one on March 13 will help me reach my goals. This a big first step for me to refresh my career and get on the road to the final run at a world championship,” said Castillo.

Castillo will arrive Wednesday night in Dallas and will take part in a press conference on Thursday. Castillo vs. Gomez is a 10 round bout that will start the pay-per-view portion of the big championship card presented by Top Rank and Dallas Cowboys.




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