Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano: High-Stakes Rematch
Three Super Welterweight Belts Up for Grabs
Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano headlines the boxing action on Saturday and we’re gearing up for a huge fight.
In a rematch from the 2021 meeting, which ended in a split-decision draw, Charlo puts his WBC, WBO and IBF super welterweight belts on the line.
Boxing match odds have Charlo as the -200 favorite to extend his impressive record to 35-1-1.
Charlo Comes Out Swinging
Jermell Charlo is no stranger to trash-talking and he has come out swinging in the press conferences this week.
The American champion had plenty to say, most of which we can’t publish, but he’s ready for another title defense.
“I’m going into this fight and I’m feeling good, I’m feeling healthy,” Charlo told BoxingNews24.com. “I’m ready to go, and I feel really good right now.
“I feel like I’ve done things that I didn’t do the last time [against Castano] that I’m producing right now for my body to be the best Jermell Charlo against Brian Castano on May 14.”
The first meeting of Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano could have ended badly for the champion, but he was able to escape with a draw and we think he’ll be better for the experience.
It was his first scare since losing to Tony Harrison in 2018, which ended his unbeaten streak. However, he got his revenge on Harrison with an 11th-round knockout a year later.
That bodes well for his fight against Castano. For those who bet on boxing fights, -200 isn’t a bad price for a fighter of his quality.
Our only concern for Charlo is his inability to win rounds before knocking out fighters. If he can’t put away Castano, he has every chance of losing via decision.
He was only narrowly ahead when knocking out Jeison Rosario in 2020, so he relies on his power to end the fight, but Castano has never lost and has power of his own.
Don’t Rule Out Underdog
Brian Castano is a quality boxer and the +165 odds are juicy, so he could be worth entertaining.
The Argentine 32-year-old was unlucky not to beat Charlo in the first fight, especially after winning 117-111 on one judge’s scorecard.
The split-decision draw was hard to stomach for the challenger, but he gets another chance to showcase his skills to the world.
There isn’t much media hype surrounding the unbeaten 17-0-2 fighter, who owns 12 knockout wins.
Castano went toe-to-toe with Erislandy Lara in 2019, which also ended in a draw, and that was his only other fight that didn’t end with his hand raised.
Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano is going to be a thriller, and Castano is a part of that. He handed Patrick Teixeira just his second loss when scoring a unanimous decision win last year and that tops him off nicely for this fight.
He knows what it will take to emerge as the new world champion.
“I have to be that Castaño who throws punches non-stop and takes punishment. It is part of my essence, and I will have to bring that 100 percent on that night in order to bring those belts back home,” Castano said.
We think Charlo will be tough to beat, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Castano come away with the victory.
The +165 is enticing and we could see those odds shortening on fight night.