Brian Castaño will seek this Saturday to become the first Argentine champion of the same category in the four most important boxing entities (WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF), when he faces American Jermell Charlo in a rematch fight that will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, a city in Los Angeles County. The fight will be the main one on a card that will be televised live on cable signals TyC Sports, starting at 11 p.m., and ESPN, starting at 9 p.m.
Castaño, WBO titleholder, had the chance to be the first Latin American to achieve it, but the controversial draw that harmed him in the first fight, on July 17, 2021, deprived him of that opportunity that Mexican “Canelo” Álvarez took advantage of months later. when he defeated American Caleb Plant and unified the super middleweight titles.
The controversial failure of the first match adds spice to a fight that has it by itself given the quality of the contenders, a sort of bitterness that was reflected especially in Charlo’s provocative attitude at yesterday’s press conference.
The boxer born in Richmond, Texas, accused Castaño of faking an injury to postpone the fight originally scheduled for March 19 at the Crypto Arena (former Staples Center) in Los Angeles, which caused a harsh response from the Buenos Aires native.
“An injury can happen in a camp. For him, all his opponents take drugs or need time to beat him. He thinks he’s Iron Man. If he comes to knock me out, I’ll wait for him calmly. Let’s see if he’s going to last twelve rounds,” he emphasized .
The concrete thing is that the clash promises to be as spectacular or more spectacular than the first and with the promise of a knockout, since both have power in the punch.
For Castaño it is the fight of his life and the one that can be remembered as a milestone in Argentine boxing that so far this century has reaped the majority of defeats in the big fights, in the case of Narváez-Donaire, Maidana-Mayweather I and II or Matthysse -Pacquiao.
Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez saved his clothes with his victory over Julio César Chávez junior at the party that became Las Vegas on September 15, 2012.
The boxer from Matanzas prepared thoroughly for the rematch and settled in Los Angeles since the beginning of the year. He even continued training, although without doing gloves, when he injured his right biceps in a session with the American Terrell Gausha, recent loser of the Australian Tim Tszyu, in a fight for the WBO title.
His short professional career (17 wins with 12 knockouts, 2 draws and no losses) can be misleading for a 32-year-old boxer. But he has more than 180 fights on his back as an amateur, something very rare at the local level, and only three defeats.
In addition, in the important ones he always made the cut: he beat the Brazilian Patrick Teixeira when he won the crown, he easily beat the Puerto Rican Emmanuel de Jesús when he won the interim WBA title, a crown he defended against the Ivorian Michel Soro and the French Cedric Vitu before abandoning it, and was the winner against Cuban Erislandy Lara (current WBA middleweight champion) and against Charlo, beyond the cards they did not legitimize him.
Of course, his rival is not a simple opponent. The brunette born in Lafitte, Louisiana, has an impressive record of 34 wins (18 on the fast track), 1 loss and the aforementioned tie with Castaño. He is the holder of three crowns and since 2016, when he won the WBC super welterweight title, he is at the top level of international boxing.
In short, a fight that promises to be of a high emotional level, one of those that in boxing jargon are defined as fifty-fifty (fifty-fifty) for each side.
The referee will be Californian Jerry Cantu. The judges will be Glenn Feldman (from Connecticut), David Sutherland (from Oklahoma), and Zachary Young (from California). As for the supervisors, the only one released so far is that of the FIB, the American Levi Martínez. It remains for the other three agencies to report theirs.
Of the four ring officials, only one was in a match for Castaño. Zachary Young was designated for the Teixeira fight on February 21, 2021, the night Brian dethroned him by unanimous decision in Indio, California. His card was 117-111 for the boxer from Matanzas, born and living in Isidro Casanova.