Carson, Calif.- Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) added the WBO junior middle weight title, the final trinket to his unified collection; by stopping the relentless Brian Castaño (17-2-1, 12 KOs) in round 10 of their fight last Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The atmosphere was electric and inside the ring, fire works erupted. Castaño left off where he started; nonstop pressure. To his credit, Castaño did make minor adjustments from their first meeting; picking off many of Charlo's punches and countering.
Charlo-Castaño II did not disappoint, everyone at the venue was on their feet. The difference in the rematch was Charlo; he came prepared. While the Argentine was able to pressure the Texan, Charlo countered effectively and utilized much more lateral movement this go around.
As the fight progressed, Charlo was breaking down Castaño. And a perfectly timed uppercut to the temple was the beginning of the end. Castaño rose to his feet after the knockdown but Charlo jumped on his man, putting him down again forcing the ref to stop the fight.
Charlo was ahead on the score cards 87-84, 88-83 and 89-82 entering Round 10.
"I showed the fans, I showed these haters I can stand there and trade," said Charlo. One thing I changed up is try not to be on the ropes too much ... place shots on really precise parts on the body and wear him out." And he did just that.
"He was smarter this time," said Castano, 32. "I felt that I won the first fight but tonight he caught me and that was it. ... I feel like I still have a lot to give in boxing. ... I'm happy with my performance despite the loss. I feel like there's big room for corrections and improvements with my boxing."
Both fighters displayed great sportsmanship after the conclusion of the fight.
What's next for Charlo? Sebastian Fundora, Tim Tyszu, Tony Harrison, or a move up to middleweight?
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