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at 17this In July, the undisputed title fight between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano ended in a controversial draw, meaning no undisputed superwelterweight champion was crowned. With the controversy surrounding the fight and the fact that both fighters still want to be Undisputed, book the rematch now!
At the AT&T Center in Houston, Texas, Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano battled to a tie, with the scorecards being 114-114, Castano 114-113 and Charlo 117-111. I had scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Castano.
Castano was notorious for being busy and Charlo was notorious for throwing clinical shots, but only if there were openings would this be an interesting match to watch.
On the opening lap, Castano got some decent work, which left Charlo thinking and busy, which kept him from getting into his rhythm. Charlo read the fight, but perhaps didn’t expect Castano’s clumsiness.
In the second, Charlo got going a bit and landed a nice left hook while on the ropes, getting the crowd going and going behind his back. This fight turned out to be a tasty affair.
At the end of the third, Castano rocks Charlo with a nice right, nodding Charlo and stealing the round. Charlo survives the round, but Castano definitely did better than anyone else had given him credit for the pre-fight.
As the middle rounds came to us, Castano’s compact left hook consistently found a home and with Charlo’s hallmark of not being the busiest fighter, it was hard for him to get a good job done when there were gaps and Castano was constantly in his face .
As the middle rounds drew to a close, Castano showed no sign of wavering, his work pace and cardio seemed to be on top form and Charlo probably didn’t expect this from the Argentine fighter. He was behind on the scorecards and probably needed a few knockdowns to convince the judges.
Castano handled Charlo’s attacking strategy incredibly well, picking off Charlo’s jabs and straights with his gloves and failing to land them cleanly.
However, the tenth was a huge lap for Charlo, who rocked Castano and made him wobbly for most of the lap. Castano needed the bell to recover.
In the championship rounds, Castano had definitely recovered from an injury in the tenth and on my scorecard they split the rounds. Charlo on my scorecards had lost the fight, but the judges had a different idea.
When the scorecards were read, you could definitely see how the judges saw it as a draw. But the judge who scored the fight 9-3 against Charlo definitely needs to be spoken to as that is a criminal scorecard for the way Castano fought tonight.
The rematch must be booked immediately. This isn’t the first time Castano has faced a controversial decision, battling for a draw with Erislandy Lara in 2019 in a fight many believed he won outright. Castano has probably been overlooked by many of the fighters at 154 and not taken seriously. He may well be the best at 154 and didn’t get the honor of the green by the judges, so he definitely deserves the chance to fight for the undisputed title again and stake his claim as the best fighter at super welterweight.
If this fight is happening and the defense needs to happen quickly, Erickson Lubin is there. Lubin is also signed to PBC and is WBC obligation, having recently beaten Jeison Rosario through a stoppage and he certainly deserves another shot at the title, having lost to Jermell early in his career when he probably wasn’t ready for the big fight. Now that he is more mature and smarter, at 154 years old he is not an easy opponent for any fighter and would stay in the fight regardless of Castano and Charlo’s winner.
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