Jermell Charlo knocks out Brian Castaño to unify all four world titles at 154 pounds | Boxing

Jermell Charlo knocks out Brian Castaño to unify all four world titles at 154 pounds | Boxing

Jermell Charlo had to show incredible patience during his quest to become the first undisputed super-welterweight champion.

After a draw in his first fight with Brian Castaño last year, followed by a three-month postponement of their rematch due to Castaño’s injury, Charlo had to wait again on Saturday night as Castaño got out of hand. is presented late in the arena.

When the confrontation finally began, Charlo survived Castaño’s first attacks and waited for the moment to pounce.

The moment came in the 10th round, and Charlo grabbed it hard.

Charlo became the first man to hold every 154-pound title in the four-belt era when he stopped his Argentine opponent with two knockdowns in the 10th. He completed his remarkable quest by becoming the seventh fighter to reign as the undisputed all-weight class champion since the four-belt era began in 1988.

“It’s a legacy,” Charlo said. “It’s something that’s legendary. I’m a legend. It’s a beautiful thing.

After an entertaining fight with plenty of end-to-end action, Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) dropped Castaño twice in quick succession in the 10th. Charlo jumped on the ropes in celebration as the referee still counted his opponent, celebrating the addition of Castaño’s WBO super welterweight title to his WBC, WBA and IBF belts.

Charlo survived several impressive first rounds from Castaño (17-1-2) in the rematch of the Fighters’ draw 10 months ago in Texas.

“I got in my bag around the seventh round,” said Charlo, the Houston native and twin brother of middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. “I started to sit a little more instead of boxing so much and moving around. I saw that he was getting a little exhausted, and I was breaking it down. I just saw my punches being more effective. I get stronger in later rounds, if they didn’t know.

Charlo executed a tactical and counter-attacking game plan in impressive fashion under a near-full moon at Dignity Health Sports Park, the famous outdoor stadium south of downtown Los Angeles.

Castaño’s aggression and Charlo’s snappy responses led to big rallies in almost every round, highlighted by a sensational fifth round of relentless action. But Castaño’s early pace slowed in the middle rounds, and Charlo finished him in dramatic fashion at 2:33 of the 10th.

Jermell Charlo
Jermell Charlo, right, celebrates after beating Brian Castaño in Saturday’s super welterweight title unification bout. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

After catching Castaño with a right uppercut and a left hook for the first knockdown, Charlo dropped Castaño again seconds later with two left hands to the head and a left to the body, leaving Castaño on the canvas.

“We showed that we are warriors,” Castaño said through a translator. “We were both fighting. It was power both ways and then his right hand came and stopped the fight. He’s a champ. He hit me. He got me. But I’m fine.

After undefeated Philadelphia welterweight Jaron Ennis stopped Custio Clayton with a vicious right hand in the second round of the show’s penultimate fight, the main event was slightly delayed as Castaño showed up late. in the arena, according to the fight’s promoters.

Traffic and parking was terrible around the sports complex, which was hosting a match for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy alongside the fight card in the tennis arena that shares the property with the football stadium, but it was unclear if this was the reason Castaño was late.

Both fighters still came out eager for exchanges, Castaño pressing forward again and Charlo counter-hitting deftly. Charlo was sharp on the ropes, but Castaño got the better of him going back and forth in a thrilling fourth round.

The fifth round was even better, with devastating shots thrown by both fighters. Charlo then bent Castaño’s knees with a huge left hand in the seventh, but Charlo oddly didn’t move to pursue a finish.

Turns out Charlo had a better plan after all.

Charlo’s victory is a defining moment in the history of the best fighters between middleweight and welterweight.

The 154-pound division was created in 1962, and talents ranging from Thomas Hearns and Terry Norris to Felix Trinidad and Winky Wright excelled at the weight. But no boxer had held every major super-welterweight title since the formation of the WBO and ushered in the four-belt championship era in 1988.

Charlo won his first version of a 154-pound title in 2013, and he won the WBC belt in May 2016. He lost it to Tony Harrison in December 2018, but won it back with a knockout victory in the rematch and quickly added the WBA and IBF belts. by arresting Jeison Rosario in September 2020.

Castaño has carved out an impressive career fighting in Buenos Aires, although he has been training in Los Angeles since January. He held versions of the WBA 154lb title for three years before claiming the WBO bracelet last year.

Castaño came agonizingly close to an impressive upset in his first meeting with Charlo last July with an equally aggressive strategy. But the judges at Charlo’s native Texas couldn’t decide, with one scoring for each fighter and the third seeing a draw.

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