Boxers Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) clashed today in San Antonio. All four belts (WBA, IBF, WBC, and WBO) in the super-welterweight category were in play. Charlo holds three belts in his possession, while Castano is a WBO champion.
The winner of this fight would be only the sixth boxer in history to unite all four belts. However, the referees prevented this. While the impression is that Brian Castano was a better boxer in this match, the referee cards bring three different opinions.
One referee scored a 114-113 fight in favor of Castan, another saw the fight as a draw (114-114) while Nelson Vasquez to the amazement of all gathered scored a 117-111 fight in favor of Charles. His view of the fight is clearly totally different from what everyone has seen, and has sparked a number of reactions on Twitter.
'' 117-111 for Charles is one of the worst scoring I've ever seen in my life. In my opinion, Castano won 117-111, '' wrote Mike Coppinger, ESPN's boxing reporter. Argentine Castano was a more concrete fighter at the start of the fight.
It could be said that he was clearly better in four of the first five rounds, and during the third round he hit the left crochet which shook the American Jermello Charles quite a bit. Such a scene is really rarely seen and is proof of how well Castano prepared and resolutely entered this match.
Charlo had his best moments in the first half of the match during the second round when he countered brilliantly with his left crochet while being pressed against the ropes. That blow threw the audience into ecstasy and brought the Texas fighter a second round.
The second part of the fight provided a lot of action and great moments. As the fight drew to a close, Jermell Charlo took the initiative. Brian Castano was severely shaken during the tenth round, but survived the last 90 seconds within that round despite violent attacks by the American fighter.
It’s important to mention that coach Derrick James (Charles ’coach) told his fighter before the start of the 12th round that he had to knock out Castan to win.
That’s a sufficient indication of what we’ve had a chance to see in the ring, and it only increases the absurdity of the referee’s card that went in Charles ’favor.
According to CompuBox statistics, Castano hit 22 more shots than his opponent (173-151). The ratio of strong / significant shots leans even more in favor of the Argentine (164-98). The only positive thing is that the Argentine did not lose this match in the end, and with the draw he at least kept his WBO belt.
Disappointed Castano made his point clear after the fight. '' I won this fight. There were a few rounds in which he hit me hard, but I won. He (Charlo) is a great fighter, but I want a rematch. " Jermell Charlo also disagrees with the outcome of the fight and believes he should have won.
'' He threw an incredible amount of punches. However, considering my skill and strength, I feel that I have won this fight and that I deserve to go home as a unified champion. I'm still holding my titles and I can't wait to go home and see what's next for me, "said the American fighter.
A rematch really seems like the only logical option, and the hope remains that Puerto Rican Nelson Vasquez won’t have a chance to get his fingers in the next fight of these two great boxers.