The WBA announced Wednesday that it has stripped “regular” junior middleweight titlist Brian Castano of his secondary belt because he didn't sign a contract to face mandatory challenger Michel Soro in a timely fashion. On May 28, a purse bid was held for the fight and Univent Production won with an offer of $810,000 and scheduled it for July 20 in Marseille, France, Soro’s home country. According to the WBA, Soro signed the contract but Castano, of Argentina, did not -- even after being given additional time to do so. That resulted in Castano being stripped. Soro has been ordered to fight for the vacant belt against former titlist Erislandy Lara, though that seems unlikely since Lara, who drew challenging Castano in March, is scheduled to face Ramon Alvarez on Aug. 31.
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