Castillo is gunning for yet another title
Already a middle-weight champion in two different organizations, South Lake Tahoe’s Gil Castillo is going for third title tonight in Fresno, Calif.
The title-holder in both the World Fighting Championship and King of the Ring division, Castillo is dropping down a class to take on the two-time Japanese Welterweight Champion Nathan Marquart for the International Fighting Championship welterweight title.
The newly-created weight class is meant to bring the champions together.
“Because they just added the weight class, they thought they’d bring in two champs in to fight it,” Castillo said.
The bout will be the main event on a 14-fight card and will be held at the Table Mountain Casino in Fresno.
Of the 14 fights, 12 of the fighters have been main events at one point or another, which is exciting for Castillo to headline such an event.
“This is the fourth time I’ve been the main event, but it is still flattering for me,” he said.
Much more than a newly-created title and flattery is one the line for Castillo. If he captures his third championship belt, the former boxer could be in line for as many as two new contracts – one in Japan and another in the U.S.
Both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride, Japanese’s biggest tour, could come knocking and Castillo would love to take both if things work out the right way.
The UFC’s proposed offer is a two fight deal, while Pride is reportedly offering three fights. The UFC is offering a bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Sept 29 on pau-per-view.
“I’d like take both if there isn’t a conflict on dates,” said Castillo, who trains with Juan and Hector Torres. “But, if there is a conflict, I’ll take the contract that pays more.”
Before Castillo can worry about signing his name on any contract, he’ll have to dispose of the 6-foot-2 Marquart. Castillo, whose background is in both Jiu Jitsu and wrestling, is going to use his ground attack.
“I don’t mind going stand-up with him, but I want to take his height advantage away,” said the 5-foot-9 Castillo.
Since Castillo began working with the Torres brothers in February, he has seen his fighting sytle really round out.
“They’ve really helped me become a well-rounded fighter,” Castillo said. “Now I don’t have any real weaknesses in my style.”
He also works with Caesar Gracie of Gracie Jiu Jitsu of the Bay Area and will have either Juan or Hector, along with Gracie and his training partner, in his corner for the Direct T.V. event.
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