Otar Eranosyan Earns Wide UD Over Lightweight Starling Castillo
Following a heavily one-sided affair, boxer Otar “Pitbull” Eranosyan (11-0, 6 KO’s) secured his latest professional victory. Pitbull pulled this off by toppling the talented Starling “El Poli” Castillo (16-1, 12 KO’s) by way of unanimous decision. The two stage their duel on SHOWTIME Boxing live from the Caribe Royale located in Orlando, Florida.
Entering the bout, Eranosyan was the more decorated competitor having amassed an extensive amateur career. This lush run includes his winning the Bronze at the 2017 world championships and 2019 European Games. After turning pro in 2020, the Pitbull staged a very busy 2021, having fought six separate times. During that run, Eranosyan knocked seasoned veteran Juan Carlos Pena out twice. Due to his notable run, the impressive pugilist is now ranked #7 (WBA).
Understandably, this loss, the first of his career, will be a deflating moment for Castillo. Luckily he is still young and early in his professional journey. With that being the case, the Dominican has more than enough time to rebound from his setback.
CHEW TOY BLUES
The shorter Pitbull lived up to his name and attacked Castillo with ferocity from the opening bell. For the first minute or so, Castillo did a good job of covering up and backing up Eranosyan with his jab. Later in the round, Pitbull scored a knockdown with a thudding left hook to the mouth. Then in the closing seconds of the opening period, Eranosyan dropped Castillo with a right hook to the teeth.
The taller, lankier Castillo managed to stay on his feet in the second, but was still suffering much duress. The Georgian boxer relentlessly applied his smothering pressure and found continued success with his sharp left hook. The near shoulder to shoulder nature of the bout played directly against Castillo’s length. Pitbull was also causing El Poli substantial grief with his movement. He provided a constant pesky target who was near constantly shifting and darting in and out, left and right.
With the coming of the fifth round however, Eranosyan was far less mobile which allowed the fight to have more of a phonebooth format. Nothing overly impressive landed but punches were thrown at a high rate. Still, Castillo spent an excessive amount of the period pushed into a corner or along the ropes. The Georgian picked it up a notch in the sixth.
By the seventh though, El Poli was moving a bit sluggishly and missed far more punches than he landed. Meanwhile, Pitbull was amped up as ever, throwing punches in bunches.
With no reliable answer to Eranosyan’s aggression, Castillo spent most of the eighth and final round covered up on the ropes taking incoming fire. Predictably, when the bout went to the scorecards, Eranosyan was declared the victor by a very wide unanimous decision of 79-71 and 80-70 twice.
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By: Bakari Simpson