Brian Castaño will face Jermell Charlo, in a unification of the super welterweight world titles of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), the World Boxing Council (WBC), the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation ( FIB), in a long-awaited rematch after the initial equality, in the main event of the evening that will take place tonight at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, United States, which will be televised live for the country from 8:30 p.m. on cable network ESPN.
After several postponements, with an original date for the end of last year, then on February 26, and after that on March 19 -postponed at the request of the Buenos Aires native-, the great rematch is a fact. This time, they will define the supremacy of the division. The winner will unify the belts and will be the only champion.
"Let him do everything he wants, I’m here to do my thing and we’ll see who is better, I’m sorry for what they did, they stole the fight from me because I bravely went to fight at their house and they assaulted me -Castano said about him July 2021 tie-, now I feel better as a visitor, although it is very similar because I am not North American and it is not true that we are in a neutral scenario". On Friday, both monarchs passed the weigh-in ceremony held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport. Castano, the WBO king, scored 153.75, while Charlo has the WBA, WBC and IBF belts that he reunited through a knockout in eight rounds against the brave Dominican Jeison. "Banana" Rosario stopped the scale one pound less, 152.75 than the Argentine, leaving everything ready for his long-awaited tiebreaker.
Who voted tie? The cards that night were: 114-114 (by American Tim Cheatham), 114-113 (by American Steve Weisfeld) in favor of Castaño, and the inexplicable 117-111 for Charlo (by Puerto Rican Nelson Vázquez). From there, the illusions of revenge grew, which would mean extremely lucrative bags for both. The agencies approved it. American television too. After several postponements, now it’s time for the tiebreaker. And the name of its authorities is already defined. After the initial controversy, eyes are on them.
Now, who are the officials? The authorities, all American, appointed by the California State Athletic Commission, are: the referee will be Californian Jerry Cantu. The judges will be Glenn Feldman (from Connecticut), David Sutherland (from Oklahoma), and Zachary Young (from California).
Great moment for Castaño At 32 years old, Brian is facing the most important challenge of his career, for the second time. Consolidated as the best Argentine boxer in recent years, he will seek to defend for the first time the WBO title that he won on February 13, 2021 by dominating the Brazilian Patrick Teixeira in a wide unanimous decision in Indio, California, United States, and which he retained in the tie with Charlo de Julio. But it was not his first belt. The talented Isidro Casanova, who from his time in the Argentine amateur team knew that he was going to go very far, built a successful path. After four victories in the United States, in November 2016 he won the interim WBA super welterweight world title by knocking out Puerto Rican Emanuel De Jesús in the sixth round in González Catán, Buenos Aires. It was his last fight in the country. He defended the crown in France against the locals Michel Soro and Cedric Vitu, and in New York equalizing with the Cuban Erislandy Lara, in his most famous fight. After resigning his reign on the desks, he destroyed the Nigerian Wale Omotoso, prior to his WBO enshrinement.
Charlo extending reign However, Charlo will be his most demanding opponent by far, and for the second time. Just eight months younger, and sponsored by none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Texan is one of the biggest American stars of the moment. Along with his twin brother Jermall -current WBC middleweight world champion-, they surprised from the first moment by his freshness, explosion and power. After defeating each rival, in May 2016 he finished John Jackson in eight rounds and conquered the WBC super welterweight world title. He defended it three times against countrymen Charles Hatley, Erickson Lubin -notable one-round knockout- and Austin Trout, but surprisingly resigned it to countryman Tony Harrison in a unanimous decision in December 2018, showing the first signs of his vulnerability. . But he came back with everything, and from then on he only knows victory by knockout. After dispatching Jorge Cota, on December 21, 2019, he took revenge on Harrison and knocked him out in the eleventh round, to recapture the title from him. On September 26, 2020, he went for more. He eliminated the Dominican Jeison Rosario in the eighth episode to, in addition to retaining his WBC title, dethrone him from the WBA and IBF, in Uncasville, United States. And after the equality with Castaño, he wants to take over the belt that he lacks.
Challenge of undefeated, in semi-main event In the semi-main event of the night, the undefeated American knockout Jaron Ennis (28-0-0-1 sd, 26 KOs) will face the unbeaten Canadian Custio Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs) , in a final eliminator for the IBF welterweight world title. Ennis stopped the scales at 146.25 lbs. -66,337 kg.-. While Clayton 146.5 lbs. accused -66,451 kg.-.