Highlights! Stellar Charlo vs. Castano fight marred by terrible judge

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MMA Mania 18 July, 2021 - 08:08am 3 views

Who won the Charlo vs Castano fight?

Castano (17-0-2), the reigning WBO champion, was forced to settle for a controversial split draw on Saturday after largely outboxing Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) before holding off a late rally inside AT&T Center in San Antonio. Judge Tim Cheatham scored it 114-114 and Steve Weisfeld had it 114-113 in favor of Castaño. CBSSports.comJermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano fight results: Unification bout ends in split draw after delivering on action

The best and worst of boxing was on display in the 154-pound unification fight between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano on Saturday night in Texas.

While we had Castano edging the bout, two judges turned in acceptable scorecards. Judge Steven Weisfeld scored the bout 114-113 Castano. Tim Cheatham had it a 114-114 draw. Both those scores were reasonable enough. It was Nelson Vazquez’s ridiculous 117-111 score for Charlo that had many fight fans seeing red.

On the plus side, this means we’re bound to get a rematch, and their fight last night was pretty exciting, definitely worth running back a second time. Both men confirmed themselves as worthy champions and top of the heap in their divisions. Both showed the violence needed to draw casual fans as well as the heart to fight back under adversity that breeds a stalwart fan base. The fight was at turns technical and frenzied, with Castano and Charlo both going for it rather than playing it cautious.

Now, back to that 117-111 score. We won’t make you take our word for it being pretty gross. Just take a look at the reaction on social media:

"BRIAN CANSTANO" - Texas can't even spell Castano's name right on the official scorecards. Ridiculous disrespect. #BOXING pic.twitter.com/iMRkyLl48l

We go to the scorecards in #CharloCastano: 114-113 Castano, 117-111 Charlo and 114-114. It's a split draw!!!!!!!!!! BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #boxing

That was a gift, at best, and a robbery at worst. Brian Castano won that fight. Close, wide, however you had it. Jermell Charlo is a tremendous fighter but this wasn’t his night #CharloCastano

Great fight. Close fight. I want to see a rematch. I had Castano winning. 117-111 was a terrible score card. Terrible !

117 is absolutely horrible. That judge shouldn’t be allowed to work@any more fights.

117-111 Charlo was filled out before the fight. Just awful. Other two scores were within reason. Draw was kind to Charlo, imho, but coulda been worse. High quality fight. #CharloCastaño #boxing

117-111 is criminal and very sad that boxing keeps doing this. Draw is more like it.

Gotta love a sport where you can watch an amazing event and still leave angry. #CharloCastano

Who do you think won #CharloCastaño?

Both men saw themselves as having won the bout.

“Basically, I won the fight,” Castano said after the decision was announced. “There were some rounds that he hit me, no doubt about it. He hit me hard but I won the fight. In the 10th round I was hurt. I was trying to recoup a little bit in the 11th round, but I won the fight. I did enough to win the fight.”

“The draw wasn’t what I wanted to hear,” Charlo said. “If anything, I won this fight. Brian Castaño is a tough warrior. He is going to give a lot of people problems but like I said, my power is serious in this division. My coach told me I needed a knockout and I just knew he knew that he was talking about. I trust him. This is the first time something like this happened to me.”

As is typical in boxing, a simple no brainer immediate rematch between WBA, WBC and IBF champ Charlo and WBO champ Castano isn’t certain because when you’ve got this many belts, you’ve also got several mandatory challengers waiting in the wings. But, whenever Castano and Charlo fight again, we’ll be there to watch it.

Let’s just hope it’s not in Texas again ...

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Castano: I'm Here To Create My Own Path, Pave My Own Way

BoxingScene.com 17 July, 2021 - 01:24pm

Brian Castano has never fought more than four times in a given year since turning pro in 2012.

The unbeaten 31-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina has only appeared in the ring seven times since 2015, though all but two taking place with at least an interim title at stake. The run hasn’t been spectacular, though well enough to see Castano emerge as no worse than the second-best junior middleweight in the world and the reigning WBO titlist.

He is now one win away from an upgrade to the best in the division and owner of all of its relevant hardware.

“I am aware that people might not be familiar with me due to not being able to fight that often,” Castano confessed during a recent press conference to discuss his undisputed junior middleweight championship clash versus Jermell Charlo. “I’m here to create my own path and pave my own way. I haven’t been as active as I’d like. A lot of that is because I turned down several fights due to feeling some opponents weren’t up to the caliber I wanted to face.”

The strategy led to Castano (17-0-1, 12KOs) becoming the number-one mandatory challenger to the WBO title previously held by Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira. The coronavirus pandemic stalled his overdue title shot by more than a year, making the opportunity count in a lopsided points win this past February 13 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

Ironically, the biggest win of Castano’s career to date also provides him with his quickest turnaround in nearly five years. Next up for the undefeated titlist is a four-belt undisputed championship showdown with Houston’s Charlo (34-1, 18KOS), the lineal/WBC/WBA/IBF junior middleweight champ. The two collide this Saturday atop a Showtime tripleheader from AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

“One fight per year wasn’t that big a deal for me going into my last fight,” notes Castano. “I try the same whether I have a fight or not. The lack of activity doesn’t worry me in the least. My last fight in February, I came into training camp six months before that.

“I feel good this time with the sparing, the training. I feel this is my best moment. I feel good for this fight. I sacrificed a lot in my career to get to this point and I’m going to make it count against Charlo on July 17.”

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