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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Jermel stops Charlo Castano, claims fourth belt at 154 pounds

Carson, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Jermel Charlo became the first undisputed super welterweight champion in the four-belt era when he stopped Argentina’s Brian Castano in the 10th round of their rematch on Saturday night.

After an excellent bout with enough toe-to-action, Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO) dropped Castano twice in rapid succession in the 10th. Charlo jumped on the ropes in celebration while the referee was still counting down his opponent, celebrating Castano’s addition of the WBO 154-pound title to his WBC, WBA and IBF belts.

Charlo survived several impressive opening rounds by Castano (17-1-2) in a rematch of the Fighters’ split draw in Texas 10 months ago. Charlo is only the seventh fighter to hold every major title simultaneously in any weight category since the four-belt era began in 1988.

Houston native and middleweight champion Jermal Charlo’s twin brother, Charlo, impressively executed a tactical, counterpunching game plan under almost a full moon at Dignity Health Sports Park, the famed outdoor stadium south of downtown Los Angeles.

Castano’s aggression and Charlo’s sharp reactions led to big exchanges in almost every round, highlighted by the relentless action of the sensational fifth round. Castano’s opening pace slowed in the mid-round, and Charlo ended it dramatically on Day 10 at 2:33.

After catching Castano with a right uppercut and left hook for the first knockdown, Charlo hit Castano two seconds later with two left arms and body over the head, leaving Castano on canvas.

After an unbeaten Philadelphia welterweight Jaron Ennis stopped Cusio Clayton with a vicious right hand in the second round of the show’s final bout, the main event was slightly delayed as Castano showed up in the field late according to the fight’s promoters.

Traffic and parking were terrible around the sports complex, which hosted a fight card in the tennis arena as well as a match for Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy, which shares property with the soccer stadium, but it was unclear whether That was Castano’s reason was slow.

The two fighters were eager to exchange, Castano again pressed forward and Charlo deftly counterattacked. Charlo was faster than the ropes, but Castano outperformed him in back-and-forth action during a thrilling fourth round.

The fifth round was even better, with devastating shots thrown by both fighters. Charlo then bent Castano’s knees in the seventh with a huge left hand, but Charlo eagerly did not proceed to chase down a finish.

Turns out Charlo had a better plan.

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

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

Charlo won her first edition of the 154-pounder in 2013, and she claimed the WBC belt in May 2016. He lost it to Tony Harrison in December 2018, but recovered it with a knockout win in a rematch and swiftly added the WBA and the IBF geared up to stop Jason Rosario in September 2020.

Castano has made an impressive career fighting Buenos Aires, although he has trained in Los Angeles since January. He held the WBA 154-pound version for three years before claiming the WBO strap last year.

Castano came close to an impressive turnaround in his first meeting with Charlo last July. Despite his losses in height and reach, Castano continued to advance and forced Charlo into a less engaging counterpunching.

But the judges could not decide, with one scoring for each fighter and the third seeing a draw. Neither belt changed hands, and the fighters scheduled a rematch for February—but Castano tore his biceps muscles and required a postponement.

Ennis (29-0, 27 KO) underlined his status as an elite welterweight with a violent victory in a meeting of unbeaten contenders. Clayton (19-1-1) went down in the pile after biting Ennis’ right arm, and the bout was waved before the Canadian stood on wobbler feet.

“I keep telling you every now and then: We’re like robberies in and out,” Ennis said. “We don’t get paid for overtime.”

After making an impressive debut from California, Ennis, 24, is looking forward to an opportunity at an elite welterweight like Errol Spence Jr., who competed in the bout.

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