In the first ever undisputed men’s junior middleweight title fight of the four-belt era, Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) fought to an incredible split decision draw.
The opening round saw Charlo backing himself against the ropes, attempting to counter any mistake Castano made whilst pressing forward. Charlo’s gameplan proved successful in the second round when he landed a left hook counter that wobbled Castano.
At the end of the third round, both men were exchanging hooks against the ropes. Castano blocked a hook from Charlo whilst landing a left hand of his own that stunned ‘Iron Man.’ The Argentine was working well on the inside mixing up his hooks to the body and head of Charlo.
Charlo was turning up the pressure in the sixth round as he kept Castano at bay with his jab, Castano again finished the round by pressing Charlotte against the ropes and landing shots on the inside. At the start of the eighth round, Charlo landed a hard right hand followed by a left hook. Charlo was starting to land to the body of Castano after headhunting for the majority of the fight.
Charlo had his best round of the fight in the tenth. Castano was on the retreat after Charlo landed some hard hooks and straight right hands. The pressure from Charlo continued on into the eleventh round but Castano was still very much in the fight. The final round was extremely close with both men swinging until the final bell.
All signs point to a rematch between these two fighters next, hopefully the fight will be just as exciting as this one and we will get a more definitive outcome. The scorecard for Charlo by judge Nelson Vazquez is the contentious one, as many believed Castano should’ve won and giving Charlo nine rounds was nowhere near a reflection of how the fight played out.
Official result: Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano ends in split decision draw (114-113 Castano, 117-111 Charlo, 114-114)