Jermell Charlo On The Judging In His Contest Against Brian Castano: “117-111 Was Kind Of A Large Range, It Was A Closer Fight”

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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

When is the Charlo fight?

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano are set to meet in the ring Saturday, July 17th for the undisputed junior middleweight title. The fight will take place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas with the main card getting started at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. DraftKings NationCharlo vs. Castano card: Full undercard matchups with championships on the line for Saturday’s title fight

Did Jermall Charlo win?

Charlo-Castano ends in split decision draw After 12 rounds of action, judges score it 114-113 for Castano, 117-111 for Charlo and 114-114 for a split decision draw. DAZN News USJermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano undisputed championship fight ends in split decision draw

A look of disbelief was immediately plastered on the face of Jermell Charlo. The unified 154-pound titlist could hardly believe that his moment of glory was taken away from.

This past Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, Charlo attempted to become the division’s first undisputed world champion since Winky Wright in 2004 when he took on WBO belt holder, Brian Castano. Charlo’s dreams, however, were put on hold as their contest was ruled a split decision draw.

Judge Steve Weisfeld scored it 114-113 in favor or Castano. Tim Cheatham, on the other hand, had it 114-114. Nelson Vazquez, the third and final judge handed in the most controversial scores as he had it 117-111 in favor of Charlo. While the Houston native believes that he did enough to pick up the win, even he was taken aback by the wide score of Vazquez.

“Honestly, I thought that it was a closer fight than it seemed,” said Charlo during the post-fight presser. “Somebody had it 117-111. I do feel like I won a little bit more rounds than he did. 117-111 was kind of a large range.”

Despite having over three decades of experience, Vazquez has been torn to shreds in the public eye. In the mind of most, Castano’s effective pressure won him the fight. According to the numbers, the Argentinian had a slight edge. He threw more punches 586 to Charlo’s 533, while also landing more, 173-151.

Regardless of his opponent’s work rate, Charlo had plenty of strong moments. Early in the second, the Houstonian clearly buzzed his man. Charlo then attempted to close the show but was unsuccessful in doing so. Charlo had similar success in the championship rounds. Nonetheless, he was unable to walk away from their contest with the victory.

As the unified 154-pound titlist looks back at his performance, he admits that Castano was a rugged warrior that wouldn’t stop coming no matter what was thrown in his direction. In the end, however, Charlo still believes that he should have added another world title to his championship mantle.

“Not to take anything away from what Brian Castano did but I feel like I pushed a lot harder than he did.”

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Premier Boxing Champions 20 July, 2021 - 12:11am

Rolando Romero continues rise with seventh-round TKO of Anthony Yigit

ESPN 20 July, 2021 - 12:11am

Romero, 25, floored Yigit with a three-punch combination in Round 7 and then finished off Yigit moments later with a right cross followed by a smashing left hook. Referee Rafael Ramos waved it off without a count at 1:54.

Romero is quickly growing into his role as a heel -- and embracing it with his rough-and-tumble style and penchant for trash-talking, which elicited boos from the crowd as he leaped onto the turnbuckle to celebrate the victory. It was his 12th knockout in 14 fights (all wins).

"I want Gervonta Davis ... I'm ready for him," said Romero, who, like Davis, is promoted by Floyd Mayweather. "I'm trying to stop him and knock him out. ... I know what I can do."

Romero, a Las Vegas native, appears to be on the cusp of a meaningful fight in the star-studded 135-pound division, whether it materializes against Davis or someone else.

He was deducted one point toward the end of Round 5 for hitting on the break, then immediately rendered that penalty moot by scoring a knockdown of Yigit.

Yigit, from Sweden, accepted the fight on short notice after Austin Dulay withdrew. A former title challenger at 140 pounds, Yigit weighed 140.2 at Friday's weigh-in and was ineligible to win the 135-pound belt.

Vidal (13-0, 11 KOs), of Montevideo, Uruguay, won over the judges with his superior body punching, particularly a left hook with which the 25-year-old hammered Aleem of Richmond, Virginia, repeatedly to set up his chopping right hand over the top.

The middleweights stood toe-to-toe and traded haymakers, round after round, in an attempt, seemingly, to outwill one another. They threw a combined 1,218 punches, per CompuBox, and connected on 351 power shots.

One judge scored it even, 95-95, overruled by tallies of 97-93 and 97-93, which handed Vidal the majority decision victory.

"In 12 fights that he had, he didn't learn what he learned in 10 rounds tonight," said Vidal's manager, Sampson Lewkowicz, who also hails from Uruguay. "I would love an undefeated guy [for his next opponent]. He's ready for a contender."

Vidal, who suffered a cut under his left eye, will likely return in October or November, per Lewkowicz.

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 Brian 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.

Jermell Charlo believes he did enough to take win over Brian Castano

Bad Left Hook 20 July, 2021 - 12:11am

Jermell Charlo admits 117-111 was too wide but still thinks he should’ve taken the win over Brian Castano.

“When you look at a lot of judges, they probably judge the fight off of how the fact that ‘Jermell Charlo is coming forward, he really never boxes, he’s always knocking everybody out, he’s hitting hard’ and all these other things and them some rounds you don’t win or some rounds you edge it really close, they tend to score for the opponent because of the fact that I didn’t win it as fair as I usually do.

“Nah, I actually feel like — honestly I think it was a closer fight than it seems. Somebody had it like 117-111. I do feel like I won a little bit more rounds than he did. 117-111 was kind of a large range but I do believe there’s no way possible they was just like ‘oh, 114-114’, you know what I’m saying? So not to take anything away from what Brian Castano did but I feel like I pushed a lot harder tonight than he did. He wasn’t trying to run in there and be the Brian Castano he was, I took him out of his game plan.

“If (the judges) really knew who Brian Castano was and how he actually fights and threw like 1100...I think I did a better performance than a lot of people that fought him. I didn’t see Erislandy Lara wobble him all over the ring, I didn’t see Teixeria do anything like that...Derrick told me in the 9th round, ‘hey, you gotta knock him out’ (and I’m like) ‘fuck, what you talking about knock him out? I’m beating his ass’...Like I blocked a lot of shots that people probably thought I got hit with. A lot of shots slid off.”

“I don’t think Castano’s the best fighter he’s ever fought,” said James. “He only had his way when Jermell stayed in one spot on the ropes. Other than that he’s not the best fighter he ever fought. I think Tony Harrison was probably better than him.”

Jermell Charlo: I Don't Know When, But I Would Love To Get In There & Fight Castano Again

BoxingScene.com 20 July, 2021 - 12:11am

SAN ANTONIO – Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano both asserted after their 12-round split draw Saturday night that they want a rematch.

Castano would welcome a second shot at Charlo’s championships next, though Charlo noted during their post-fight press conference at AT&T Center that he isn’t sure when a rematch might take place. There was not a clause in their contracts that assures an immediate rematch, primarily because Charlo, the IBF, WBA and WBC champ, and Castano, who owns the WBO belt, likely will have to make mandatory defenses of their titles in their next fights.

“I think that I, of course, would take a rematch,” Charlo said. “I don’t know when, but I would love to get in there and fight him again.”

Charlo embraced an immediate rematch when Tony Harrison upset him by unanimous decision and captured Charlo’s WBC championship in December 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Houston native was forced to take an interim bout because Harrison suffered an ankle injury that postponed their second fight for almost six months, from June 2019 until December 2019.

Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) knocked out Mexico’s Jorge Cota (30-5, 27 KOs) in the third round of his first fight following his controversial loss to Detroit’s Harrison at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. He then regained his WBC crown by knocking out Harrison (28-3-1, 21 KOs) in the 11th round of their rematch at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.

This situation is different in that Charlo retained his titles and doesn’t need to avenge a defeat. There will be public demand, however, for another Castano-Charlo clash due to the questionable result and the entertaining nature of their “Showtime Championship Boxing” main event.

Castano, meanwhile, already knows what it’s like to never receive a warranted rematch.

Argentina’s Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) and Cuba’s Erislandy Lara (28-3-3, 16 KOs) fought to a debatable 12-round split draw in March 2019 at Barclays Center. Castano retained the WBA 154-pound title that night, but he later gave it up and still hasn’t battled Lara again.

The Buenos Aires native hopes that Charlo grants him the rematch Lara never gave him.

“I think if Charlo is not afraid for a rematch, and I don’t think he is afraid, I don’t know what his plans are,” Castano said. “If he’s planning to move up to 160, that’s up to him. But like I said before, I need the three belts that he has, so I’m up for a rematch, of course. But I don’t know what, exactly, are his plans.”

Charlo stated before he faced Castano that he has no intention of moving up from 154 pounds to the middleweight limit of 160.

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