Jermell Charlo defeats Brian Castano to unify belts

by spicyray

Jermell Charlo told everyone that on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in California on the PBC Showtime Network when he faced his nemesis, Brian Castano, he would prove he was the kingpin of the middleweight division.  

The two fought to a disputed draw last July, as most fans and writers thought Castano did enough to win.  But the Judges saw it 114-113 for Castano, 117-111 for Charlo, and 114-114.

Whoever won last night would become the unified 154-pound champion.

When Charlo, 31, entered the fight, he said his approach would be different. In the first fight, Charlo remained on the ropes and was badly injured in round 3.  Charlo rebounded to hurt Castano several times, which helped seal the draw. 

  Like the initial contest, Castano pressed the action, and Charlo countered whenever Castano threw wide looping shots.  Charlo made sure to stay off the ropes as much as possible, and this allowed him to set up his shots, which led to the 10th-round TKO.   

However, Castano was in the fight all night, although this time the Judges had him behind (Charlo was ahead 87-84, 88-83, and 89-82).  Time and again Castano landed on Charlo’s chin at will and went to the body. Many of the blows got Charlo’s attention.   

Brian Castano, right, was successful throughout the fight, until he was knocked out in the 10th round. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

  Charlo hit Castano with a hard overhand right, which knocked Castano, 33, down after a delayed reaction.  Castano rose to his feet and beat the mandatory 10 count.  But was on unsteady legs.  As soon as the action resumed, Charlo jumped on Castano and landed a vicious uppercut that snapped Castano’s head back as he landed two more blows before the ref stopped the fight. 

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“I showed the fans, I showed these haters I can stand there and trade,” said Charlo after the fight. “One thing I changed up is try not to be on the ropes too much,” said Charlo, whose record is now (35-1-1, 19 Kos).

Castano suffered his first defeat (17-1-2, 12 KOs).  Said after the fight, “He was smarter this time.  I felt that I won the first fight but tonight he caught me and that was it. … I feel like I still have a lot to give in boxing. … I’m happy with my performance despite the loss. I feel like there’s big room for corrections and improvements with my boxing.”

Charlo added, “His plan is to get in good shots at the end of the round,” said Charlo, “I said to myself, ‘I gotta stay stronger.’ I was trying to tune out everybody else.”  Charlo has an identical twin brother Jermall, who is a minute older and is a middleweight titleholder.

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