Jermell Charlo open to rematch with Brian Castaño
On July 17, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) and Brian “El Boxi” Castaño (17-0-2, 12 KO’s) staged a wildly entertaining prizefight. The ultimate goal was to produce the undisputed champion of the super welterweight division. Charlo had placed his WBA Super, IBF and WBC titles on the chopping block, while Castaño laid his WBO strap right next to them. Regrettably, when the twelve rounds of action were completed, no winner was crowned. The judges came to a three way draw, so everyone left with what they came with.
Technically speaking, the draw was not a terrible overall outcome due to the neck-and-neck nature of the dustup. Both men displayed their chins, heart and endurance during the contest. And without question there were numerous momentum shifts throughout the fight. The only ugliness with the fight is judge Nelson Vazquez’s ruling of 117-111 for Charlo. Regardless of whom you thought won, neither competitor should have been up six points. In the post-fight conference even Charlo himself did not agree with this card.
“Naw, I honestly think that it was a closer fight than it seems. Somebody had it 117-111. I do feel that I won a little bit more rounds than he did but 117-111 was kind of a large range. But I do feel that there is no way possible that you could be like 114-114, you know what I am saying? ”
LET’S DO IT AGAIN!
When a fight has such an unsatisfactory conclusion, it’s only natural to want to see them run it back. There was no difference in this instance here. The fans most certainly want to see a conclusion to this particular rivalry. The boxing world also wants to still crown the clear undisputed champion of the division. Therefore it should be of little surprise that the rematch is already being pressed for. Thankfully Charlo is not opposed to staging a do-over, although it doesn’t sound like it has to be next for Iron Man.
“Of course, that’s what we are made for, we are made to be warriors and dogs. This is a get better moment. I can recite everything that happened in there, in that fight. I think that I would of course take a rematch. Don’t know when but I would love to get in there and fight him again.”
Let’s hope that Charlo and Castaño do fight one another sooner rather than later. They have unfinished business and have proved they are great television when fighting one another. Yet, as always, no matter how the situation resolves, itself 3kingsboxing will be there to report the news.
By: Bakari Simpson