When is the Charlo fight?
Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano are set to square off Saturday, July 17th in a big-time unification bout for the undisputed junior middleweight crown. The fight will take place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, with coverage of the event starting at 9:00 p.m. ET on Showtime. DraftKings NationCharlo vs. Castano start time: When ring walks happen, how to watch the fight on TV & via live stream
The winner will join Josh Taylor, Teofimo Lopez, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk as undisputed champions in the four-belt era.
Charlo (34-1), the current WBC, WBA and IBF titleholder, earned his gold with wins over Jeison Rosario last September and Tony Harrison in December 2019. Castano (17-0-1) beat Patrick Teixeira in February to win the WBO strap.
The PBC-promoted fight will be broadcast on Showtime with the three-bout main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
The other title fight on the card features Rolando Romero defending his WBA interim lightweight title against Anthony Yigit. The undefeated Romero (13-0) beat Jackson Martinez in August to win the title. Yigit (24-1-1) is making his first appearance since June 2019.
Follow along throughout the night as we provide results and analysis for every fight on the card.
If Bakhram Murtazaliev was looking to impress ahead of a potential title shot against Jermell Charlo, he failed. What he did accomplish was far more important: maintaining his status as Charlo's mandatory challenger.
The 28-year-old outpointed Khiary Gray (16-6, 12 KOs) over eight rounds to earn a unanimous decision, via scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 79-73.
This was Murtazaliev's second consecutive fight on Charlo's undercard, and for the second time, Murtazaliev was hurt in the bout.
Worcester, Massachusetts' Gray, who otherwise sustained a beating, stunned Murtazaliev in Round 3, before Murtazaliev landed a low blow that bought him some time to recover. Both fighters competed with bloody faces, but Gray, 28, endured the worse of it, with blood spewing from his nose and mouth.
Kathy Duva promotes the Russian fighter Murtazaliev, who currently fights out of Oxnard, California, and Duva worked out a step-aside deal with Premier Boxing Champions to allow Charlo to unify with Castano and delay the mandatory defense, the Main Events CEO told ESPN.
The agreement included another appearance on a Charlo undercard after Murtazaliev (19-0, 14 KOs) competed underneath Charlo-Jeison Rosario in September. Duva said a deal is in place for Murtazaliev to fight Charlo, but there's no time frame for the bout.
Charlo, of course, holds three 154-pound titles; there's a rotation in place between the organizations to determine which mandatory defense is next. Duva claims the IBF, where her fight is rated No. 1, is next in line.
"He wants to fight Charlo, of course he does," Duva said of Murtazaliev. "I think tonight he's frustrated; he wanted to knock the guy out, and he got too anxious. He took too many shots. Hopefully, this is a good learning experience. You sure can't take shots like that in a more competitive fight. But in a more competitive fight, he'd be a lot more careful."
Murtazaliev is managed by Egis Klimas, who also has Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk in his stable. Murtazaliev is trained by Virgil Hunter, best known for his work with Boxing Hall of Famer Andre Ward.
Pablo Rubio Jr. pounded out a six-round unanimous decision over Eric Manriquez, scoring two knockdowns in the final round to close out strong in their junior lightweight fight.
Rubio (13-0, 4 KOs) boxed and moved for the majority of the bout, before stunning Manriquez -- who hails from Bryan Texas -- at the end of the fifth. Rubio, who is managed by Sampson Lewkowicz, hails from Los Angeles.
Amed Medina of Los Angeles improved to 3-0 with three knockouts, earning a first-round TKO of Reginald Hinson. The 18-year-old Medina was making his U.S. debut after two fights in Mexico.
Medina, a featherweight, floored Hinson, who's from Rock Hill, South Carolina, with a left hook that Hinson never recovered from. Hinson (1-1, 0 KOs) made it back to his feet but was in no shape to continue, and the referee waved it off at 2:03 of the opening round.
Robert Zavala Jr., a heavyweight fighting out of Del Rio, Texas, remained unbeaten with a third-round KO of Levi West.
Zavala (2-0, 2 KOs) dropped West in Round 2 and then finished him off in Round 3 by sending him through the ropes. Zavala enjoyed a 55-pound weight advantage, tipping the scales at 254, while West came in as a cruiserweight at 199.2 pounds.
West, who is from San Antonio, twice spit out his mouthpiece to buy time.
The fight was called off at 1:49 of Round 3.
Junior lightweight Xavier Nunez kicked off the untelevised portion of Saturday's Charlo-Castano card with a fourth-round stoppage of David Alfaro in a battle of Texans.
Nunez laid a beating on Alfaro, bloodying his nose, and improved to 2-0 with 2 KOs in the 130-pound bout.
Alfaro falls to 1-5 with no knockouts.
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17 July, 2021 - 11:01pm
Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano live updates, results, highlights from the main card | DAZN News US
17 July, 2021 - 11:00pm
Certifying greatness in boxing's hallowed grounds is within reach for Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano. Now, it just comes down to who's hungrier and executes well enough to stamp it into existence.
Charlo clashes against Castano with junior middleweight undisputed glory at stake live from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Tex. on Saturday night. Charlo's WBA (Super), WBC and IBF titles, in addition to Castano's WBO championship, will all be on the line, as the winner will become the first man to become undisputed ruler at 154 pounds during the four-belt modern era.
"Maybe I'm already a household status," Charlo told DAZN News regarding his growing star power. "Maybe I'll catapult more into more of a Hall of Fame (status), winning the undisputed."
That could very well be the case for Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs), who is coming off of back-to-back knockouts of Tony Harrison and Jeison Rosario in December 2019 and September 2020, respectively, to be in this position.
Meanwhile, Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs) became the WBO titleholder via a stirring unanimous decision victory over Patrick Teixeira in February.
Will Charlo become undisputed champion with another highlight-reel KO, or will the forward-fighting Argentinian pull off the big upset?
Follow DAZN News here for all the live updates, results, and highlights from the Charlo-Castano main card, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Castano adds: "I need a rematch."
Clearly disappointed about not being crowned undisputed champion in his home state of Texas, Charlo makes it known that he feels like he won this fight.
"I hurt him more than he did," Charlo told Jim Gray on Showtime. "My power is something serious at this weight division."
He added: "This is my first time experiencing something like this."
Charlo still wants the undisputed crown.
After 12 rounds of action, 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 letting go his hands a bit more and he needs to do just that. Left hook lands for Castano but Charlo counters with a big right. He's now giving chase to 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. Left-right combo from Charlo lands. Castano bites down and returns fire. Charlo's best round of the fight — no doubt. (10-9 Charlo, 96-94 Castano)
Crisp left jab landing for Charlo as Castano tries to invest to the body with right hands. Castano is going to need to get inside of Charlo's jab or he's going to struggle. Right hand splits Castano's guard. Castano clips Charlo with a left hook. Oh my! Charlo did not see that punch coming at all. He blasts him again — this time with an uppercut — and steals the round. (10-9 Castano, 29-28 Charlo)
Charlo opens with a couple of combinations. He splits Castano's guard with a straight right. Castano presses forward but Charlo clips him with a counter left hook.
He then tees off with a right hand. Castano cannot afford to come in so wildly again. Charlo just sent him a stern warning of what could happen. Charlo hurt Castano with that left hook. (10-9 Charlo, 20-18 Charlo)
The unified world junior middleweight champ makes his walk to the ring with identical twin Jermall holding one of his three titles as Jermell looks to grab the fourth tonight.
Castano, the WBO titleholder, jumps up and embraces extended hands from fans as he makes a spirited walk to the ring.
"I think he'll definitely retire after this fight," Spence tells Showtime.
Spence adds that he's got Charlo outboxing Castano tonight.
"I fought a 140-pounder and f—ing stopped him."
Romero calls out Gervonta Davis saying, "I'm gonna knock him out."
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17 July, 2021 - 07:11pm
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SAN ANTONIO – Pablo Rubio Jr. recorded two knockdowns of Eric Manriquez in the final round and easily won their six-round lightweight bout by unanimous decision Saturday night on the non-televised portion of the Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano undercard at AT&T Center.
The unbeaten Rubio (13-0, 4 KOs), of Whittier, California, won by scores of 60-52, 60-53 and 59-55. Manriquez (7-12-1, 3 KOs, 1 NC), a tough journeyman from Houston, tried his best to penetrate the taller, longer Rubio’s jab during the first four rounds, yet had infrequent success.
Rubio landed the flusher punches in those four rounds and built a sizable lead. In the fifth round, Rubio landed two left hooks and a right uppercut in one successful sequence that shook up Manriquez.
A right hand by Rubio knocked Manriquez off balance and into the ropes just before the fifth round ended.
Another right hand by Rubio sent Manriquez to one knee in the middle minute of the sixth round. Manriquez got up, but referee Rafael Ramos credited Rubio with another knockdown just before the final bell rang, though it looked like Rubio shoved Manriquez to the canvas.
In the previous fight Saturday night, Amed Medina barely needed two minutes to knock out Reginald Hinson.
Medina drilled Hinson with a left hook that dumped Hinson flat on his back a little less than two minutes into their bout. Hinson got to his feet, but he stumbled into the ropes and couldn’t stand up straight.
Their scheduled four-round junior lightweight fight was then stopped just 2:03 after the opening bell rang.
Medina, of Maywood, California, improved to 3-0 and recorded his third knockout. Hinson, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, lost for the first time as a pro (1-1).
Earlier Saturday night, heavyweight Roberto Zavala knocked Levi James West out of the ring to win by third-round knockout.
Zavala, of Del Rio, Texas, dropped the undersized West in the second round of West’s pro debut. West spit out his mouthpiece twice to buy time during a largely one-sided, non-televised fight.
A right hand by the 254-pound Zavala sent the 199-pound West through the ropes near a corner and onto the ring apron. Their scheduled four-rounder was stopped immediately thereafter, at 1:49 of the third round.
In the first fight Saturday, Xavier Nunez was too fast and too strong for David Alfaro throughout their junior lightweight fight.
Nunez (2-0, 2 KOs), of Corpus Christi, Texas, battered Austin’s Alfaro (1-5) and bloodied his nose until their scheduled four-rounder was stopped at 2:21 of the fourth round. Alfaro was not knocked down during their bout.
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