Jermell Charlo undisputed championship fight vs Brian Castano ends in split decision draw
Castano post-fight interview
“Basically I won the fight. There are rounds where he hit me hard but I won the fight.”
Castano adds: “I need a rematch.”
Charlo’s post-fight interview
Clearly disappointed not to be crowned the undisputed champion in his home state of Texas, Charlo lets it be known that he feels like he won this fight.
“I hurt him more than him,” Charlo told Jim Gray on Showtime. “My power is something serious in this weight division.”
He added: “This is the first time I have experienced something like this.”
Charlo still wants the undisputed crown.
Charlo-Castano ends with a shared draw
After 12 rounds of action, the judges score it 114-113 for Castano, 117-111 for Charlo and 114-114 for a split decision draw. The 117-111 for Charlo was definitely wide.
Charlo-Castano; Round 12
Coach Derrick James tells Charlo he needs a knockout to win this fight. Charlo must let his hands fly. Charlo with repeated left-right jab combinations, keeping Castano at bay. Castano splits and brushes Charlo with a right. Castano’s left hook cuts Charlo who retaliates with his right hand. Charlo Pepper Castano who returns the favor by doubling down on a left hook. They trade bell punches. Charlo manages to gain the upper hand on the action very slightly. Let’s see how the judges rate this. A few very tight rounds in this fight. (10-9 Charlo, 114-114)
Charlo-Castano; Round 11
Chop lands with the right hand for Charlo who brings the heat and looks for a game-changing blow he needs to win at this point. Charlo doubles with the lefts. Castano right-left combo. The left jab pushes Charlo’s head back. The left hook lands for Castano. Big uppercut in the other direction of Charlo but Castano retaliates. Nice end of the sleeve. (10-9 Charlo, 105-104 Castano)
Charlo-Castano; Round 10
Charlo lets go of his hands a little more and that’s exactly what he needs to do. The left hook lands for Castano but Charlo counter with a big right. He now chases after Castano and lands a piercing left hook. Another big right hook from Charlo, who has Castano on his bike all around the ring. A right from Charlo bounces Castano off the ropes. now a left hook lands for Charlo. Right hand and another from Charlo. Charlo lands left-right combo. Castano bites and retaliates. Charlo’s best round of the fight – without a doubt. (10-9 Charlo, 96-94 Castano)
Charlo-Castano; Round 9
Charlo with a super-fast left-right combination in the middle. Castano eats the blows and continues to advance. Charlo backs Castano’s head back with a jab. Castano with a burst but Charlo doesn’t absorb much punishment there. The right hand lands for Castano, who continues to lead the fight to the Unified Champion. (10-9 Castano, 87-84 Castano)
Charlo-Castano; Round 8
Castano with a short right hook. A short left hook lands for Castano moments later. Castano reduces the distance extremely efficiently. Castano continues to press, as Charlo may need to ramp up production to avoid giving up laps. (10-9 Castano, 77-75 Castano)
Charlo-Castano; Round 7
Castano effectively reduced the distance with pressure when he engaged in it and it happened with every lap. He lands an overhand right, which puts Charlo on his wheels around the ring. Castano bringing the pressure with a right hand and a left hand to the liver. Charlo splits the guard with a short right hand. (10-9 Castano, 67-66 Castano)
Charlo-Castano; Round 6
Charlo returns to the power jab, looking to unload something even more punchy. Charlo entering this jab with mustard on it. He throws a three-hit combo but Castano comes back with a right hand forward. Charlo goes to the body but Castano lands another right. Charlo against and skilfully descends the ropes. Charlo splits guard and Pepper Castano, but Castano closes the gap with a quick burst. (10-9 Charlo, 57-57)
Charlo-Castano; Round 5
Charlo splits Castano’s guard with a clean forehand. Then go to the body with a right. Sniping while looking to unload on a powerful blow has been Charlo’s game so far. Lead the good lands for Castano now. Castano does a good job getting into Charlo’s jab and he does it with guts. The right hand lands with power for Castano, but Charlo starts to assert the jab again. Castano rallies again to take the turn. (10-9 Castano, 48-47 Castano)
Charlo-Castano; Round 4
Castano opens up the body, crouching down to get those shots. Investing in the body is important for the Argentinian in the hope of slowing Charlo down. Charlo with a right hand. A large left hook follows for the unified champion. The right hook lands for Castano on the head of Charlo, who thought the punch was behind the head. Castano also cuts Charlo’s jaw now. Castano picking up his punching volume yet again. (10-9 Castano, 38-38)
Charlo-Castano; Round 3
Net left jab landing for Charlo as Castano tries to invest the body with right hands. Castano is going to have to get into Charlo’s jab or he’s going to have a hard time. The right hand slices through Castano’s guard. Castano clips Charlo with a left hook. Oh my! Charlo didn’t see that punch coming at all. He detonates it again – this time with an uppercut – and steals the ball. (10-9 Castano, 29-28 Charlo)
Charlo-Castano; 2nd round
Charlo opens with a few combinations. He divides the custody of Castano with a straight right. Castano pushes forward but Charlo cuts him with a left counter-hook.
He then takes the start with his right hand. Castano can’t afford to come back so wildly. Charlo just sent him a stern warning of what could happen. Charlo injured Castano with this left hook. (10-9 Charlo, 20-18 Charlo)
Charlo-Castano; Round 1
Charlo splits Castano’s guard with a clean left shot. The unified champion will certainly look to assert the jab early on. Castano now resuming the volume with a left to the body and a right to the floor. Volume punching is the Argentinian’s game. Charlo is patient, gathers information and seeks an opening. A brief burst between the two ensues. Castano trying to put pressure, lands a right to the body. Castano with a left to the body. Charlo wraps a left hook around Castano’s guard. Castano the most active boxer, Charlo the cleaner puncher. (10-9 Charlo)
This is Charlo
The unified junior middleweight world champion heads to the ring with identical twin Jermall holding one of his three titles as Jermell looks to win the fourth tonight.
Castano all smiles first
Castano, the WBO title holder, stands up and kisses the fans’ outstretched hands as he walks fiercely towards the ring.
Main event time
Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano is upon us, as the opportunity to become the first undisputed junior middleweight champion in the modern four-belt era is on the table.
Errol Spence Jr. on Manny Pacquiao
“I think he will definitely retire after this fight,” Spence told Showtime.
Spence adds that he sent Charlo to Castano tonight.
Romero’s post-fight interview, calls Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis
“I fought a 140 pound and the fuck stopped him.”
Romero calls Gervonta Davis saying, “I’m going to knock him out.”
Rolly ready for Gervonta❓
– Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 18, 2021