After their controversial split draw last July, Jermell Charlo gets another chance to face off the challenge from Brian Castano.
On Saturday, the second quarter of this rivalry takes place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Charlo thought he had things settled his way the first time, but Castano got enough punches to make the judges unable to separate the pair.
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Experts Favor Charlo
Charlo, an IBF, WBA, and WBC junior middleweight champion, is being widely tipped to at least simplify the judges decision this time around. He is favored by many, including Ring Magazines Anson Wainwright, and former WBO junior-featherweight champion Duke McKenzie.
Wainwright believes Charlo will have learned a lot from the first bout enough so he can overcome things by a razor thin split decision. McKenzie does not believe things will be so close again, and he is picking Charlo to settle the rematch with his trademark right hand and force a TKO in around nine or 10 rounds.
A stoppage is a good idea for a fighter who has 18 knockouts across his 34-1-1 record. A good prediction is also on Charlos'' side because the 31-year-old dwindled from Tony Harrison in 2019, just one year after the latter was won by a decision.
That''s the only loss of Charlos'' career, and John N. Hansen of SB Nations Bad Hook believes power will make a difference this time, as it did against Harrison. Last time, Castano did not hurt Charlo early on, but Castanos performed much better in the closing rounds. And in the only other rematch of Charlos'' career, he dropped Tony Harrison three times.
Charlo has his supporters, but there are those who believe in Castanos'' strength and strategy. Brian Campbell, a CBS Sports fan, believes Casatno successfully exploited his combination of aggressiveness and a responsible defense to deport Charlos'' guilt (he landed only 53 of 287 for 18.5% according to CompuBox) and often arrive inside.
Castano, the first WBO champion, connected the body more often and got the heavier shots inside the CompuBox punch statistics:
Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano CompuBox Punch Stats https://t.co/P0Z5lTTkS pic.twitter.com/A8SUOmw5eC
BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 18, 2021
Castano has a lot of chances as he follows the same gameplan. The 32-year-old has learned how to play his way under the belt.
Castano has stepped down as the heavier of the two fighters, according to ESPN Ringside.
The undisputed junior middleweight match up is set #CharloCastano2.
@twincharlo 152.8lbs @briancastanobox 153.8lbs pic.twitter.com/6jxGNgmoug
ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) May 13, 2022
If Castano, who has 12 knockouts to his credit, can make that extra pound count, he will test Charlos will and force the Louisiana native into some traps against the ropes and in the corners.
Castano will be allowed to wear down Charlo in a fight of attrition. The latter will not go the distance once more if he can get his jab early and continue to undermine Castanos'' solid defense enough.
Charlo may then expand the hole for the knockout shooter to take over every belt at 154 pounds.