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Castellanos, Escandon to meet for interim belt

Oscar Escandon, right, will fight for a vacant interim featherweight belt against Robinson Castellanos on March 5. Harry How/Getty Images

Featherweight Robinson Castellanos and Oscar Escandon will meet for a vacant interim belt by the end of March, Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN.com.

Gomez said he and Escandon promoter Sampson Lewkowicz have made a deal.

“We made a deal right before Christmas to put it on one of our shows,” Gomez said.

He said that although the site and date have not been determined the fight could be televised on one of Golden Boy’s Estrella TV cards or on HBO Latino.

Escandon was supposed to fight titleholder Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) on Nov. 14 but the fight was canceled after Russell suffered a cut during a sparring session. Since he was going to be out for an undetermined length of time, the WBC approved Escandon to face Castellanos, the mandatory challenger, for the vacant interim belt.

Castellanos (23-11, 13 KOs), 33, of Mexico, secured the mandatory shot with back-to-back upset victories. He knocked out then-undefeated Ronny Rios in the fifth round in October 2014 and followed with a lopsided decision victory against Rocky Juarez last January.

Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs), 31, of Colombia, is coming off a split decision loss to Moises Flores in a fight for an interim junior featherweight belt.