Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano both fought to a split draw in their IBF, WBA WBC And WBO junior middleweight unification fight on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
The fight which was aired on ShowTime was action packed from the opening round to the final bell and boxing fans will have to wait a little longer for the first unified 154 pound champion to be crowned.
Castano, who was a heavy underdog brought the fight to Charlo, pressuring him for most of the fight. However, only New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld scored the fight 114-113 for the WBO 154 pound champion Castano. Nevada’s Tim Cheatham saw the fight as a draw and scored it 114-114. Puerto Rico’s Nelson Vazquez was obviously not watching the fight as he scored the fight 117-111, giving nine rounds to Charlo.
Charlo was able to revive his game in the last three rounds of the fight and won them all to make the fight a split draw. Castano couldn’t believe the final scores though admitting he got hit a few times but was definitely won the fight in his post fight interview with Jim Gray.
“I won the fight,” Castano said. “There were some rounds that he did hit me, and he hit me hard. But I won this fight.”
Charlo admitted his trainer had informed him of the need for a knockout while entering the championship rounds but somehow believed that he won the fight squarely. Houston’s Charlo remains happy to retain his belts after such a fight.
“He threw a hell of a lot of punches,” Charlo said. “My skills and my ability and my power – I felt like I won this fight and I deserve to be going home undisputed. I am glad to have fought for undisputed. It’s different. I still hold my titles. I can’t wait to get home to my babies, take a break from boxing and then get back to the drawing board and see what’s next.”
Video Highlights — Jermell Charlo Vs Brian Castano IBF WBA WBO WBC Unification
Castano definitely should have won the fight as CompuBox credited him for landing more than Charlo 173-of-586 to 151-of-533 punches, also out-landed Charlo with Jabs too 53-of-287 to 9-of-186 and power punches 164-of-400 to 98-of-246 but this wasn’t just an easy one from the fighter from Buenos Aires’ Castano.
Castano had to survive serious trouble in the 10th round as Charlo received information from his corner that he needed a knockout to win and responded accordingly. Castano survived and was able to finish the fight strong.
“I was hurt in the 10th round and I had to recoup,” Castano said. “Same with the beginning of the 11th round. But I did enough to win this fight. I hope I get the rematch. He is a great fighter. I need the rematch.”