Jermell Charlo, a four-belt champion at 154 lbs, was crowned the undisputed champion on Saturday. He defeated Brian Castano in round 10 of their exciting rematch at Dignity Health Sports Park Carson, California.
Castano (17-1-2 and 12 KOs), nearly one year after winning a controversial draw, came up empty at this second meeting. This was a fight that had been entertaining as well as being a certain Fight of the Year contender.
Charlo (35-1-1 and 19 KOs), became the seventh male boxer in history to unify all four of the recognized titles within a single division. He joins the likes Bernard Hopkins, Terence Crawford. Oleksandr Usyk. Josh Taylor. This is not the only reason to celebrate. Let's have a closer look at four epic takeaways.
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Charlo fought with an aggressive edge. It almost seemed as though he was trying to make Castano pay him for arriving late to the arena, causing a delay of nearly one hour before the main event. When things got tense in this exciting track meet that included Round 4 of brutal two-way trading and a Round 4, Charlo displayed a strong chin and better technique to win most of the exchanges. This was Charlo's best and most complete performance, and it happened in his biggest fight.
Castano's performance at their first meeting makes one wonder if Charlo was too soft on Castano. Castano is not an elite player. He beat Erislandy Lara, former division king, to an exciting draw in 2019, and beat Patrick Teixeira to win his title in 2021. Castano is not a foolhardy slick and powerful man. Castano does play a single note in his strategy, which is to move forward and get inside. Charlo was able to not only reinstate his jab to create distance but also did an outstanding job keeping his back from the ropes, forcing most skirmishes in the middle of the ring. Charlo was the more balanced, intelligent, and focused fighter with more chances to win. Castano did his best and had a great fight on Saturday. But he wasn't able to hurt Charlo like he was in their first fight. He took the brunt and suffered heavy blows throughout their fights until he couldn't take anymore.
The rematch may have been used by the new champion to make himself distinct from the rest at junior middleweight. The group behind him is just as exciting, largely because of how vulnerable each one has been at times. The top 10 at154 pounds have a lot of former champions and big names. This perfectly illustrates how much parity has occurred in recent years as the division's power has fallen through the hands of everyone, from Lara to Jarrett Hurd to Julian Williams to Jeison Rosaario. Charlo has plenty of big names to fight in the future, as well as a pair mandatory challengers who would make for some great events. Talking of...
Charlo might want to wait to move up to middleweight, even though he suggested it. After Jermall's rumored move to super middleweight, Charlo might consider moving up to 160 pounds. Charlo can stay where he is, even if that happens. Rising star Tim Tsyzu was born to Hall of Famer Kostya and won a mandatory shot at the undisputed title by beating Terrell Gausha on March. Sebastian Fundora, a fellow unbeaten fighter, did the same in a fight against Erickson Lubin a few weeks later. Charlo could put on a show against either of them, particularly Tszyu who is a popular star in Australia and might make it a pay per view fight. Tony Harrison joins the ranks of ex-champions Hurd and Williams, who could be attractive B-sides for Charlo in big title fights. Terence Crawford, WBO welterweight champion, said that he will move up to knock Charlo out after beating Errol Spence Jr.