Jermell Charlo made a big statement with an emphatic victory in his long-awaited world title rematch with Brian Castano.
Jermell Charlo is the undisputed king of the super welterweight division after defeating Brian Castano in an epic rematch on Sunday (AEST).
The duo’s first fight ended in a draw last year and Charlo came out to make a statement remembering when he faced Castano for the second time in California.
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It was an exciting back-and-forth battle to its blockbuster status as Charlo and Castano traded blows in the early rounds.
There was nothing in the middle of the fight as fans pondered if they could go for another draw.
But Charlo upped the ante in the seventh round and Castano couldn’t keep up with him as he took a flurry of punches but somehow continued on.
Main Event commentator Ben Damon tweeted, “This is an excellent fight! Brian Castano’s chin is out of this world!”
Charlo went for the kill in the 10th round and a brutal left hook to Castano’s temple was the decisive blow as the Argentine was stunned and fell to the canvas.
Castano survived the eight-count on his feet, but he only lasted a few more seconds when another heavy shot from Charlo knocked him down and the referee stopped the fight.
It was an emphatic result for the American, whose status as king of the 154-pound division was called into question after the draw with Castano.
Charlo now holds the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO super welterweight belts. He joins an illustrious list with Bernard Hopkings, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, Oleksandr Usyk, Josh Taylor and Canelo Alvarez as the only undisputed male champions in the four-belt era.
More to come.