Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano went to war for the second time on Saturday night (May 14, 2022) inside Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. While their first entertaining fight ended in an unsatisfying split draw decision, this time it was Charlo who had his hand raised after knocking down Castano twice in the tenth round, forcing the referee to wave off the fight.
Adding Castano’s WBO title to his WBC, WBA and IBF titles, Charlo now holds all four major belts at 154 pounds, making him the first unified champion of the Junior Middleweight division.
The story of the “Fight of the Year” candidate saw Castano push forward aggressively, while Charlo used jabs on the outside and counters up close. Firefights broke out across several rounds, and the action went back-and-forth across early rounds with both men landing clean and hard. But, it was Charlo who started taking over later in the fight, earning the nod in rounds seven, eight and nine on all three judges’ scorecards.
The official scorecards from the Jermell Charlo vs Bryan Castano 2 fight. pic.twitter.com/dXA6i7PxvD— MMA mania (@mmamania) May 15, 2022
Of course, it didn’t end up going to the judges. In the tenth round, Charlo landed a left hook to the head that dropped Castano and left him dazed. A flurry from Charlo that ended with a nasty body shot put Castano down for good, ending the fight.
Take a look at highlights of the action from across the fight below:
Here’s another look at the hook to the body that put Brian Castano down for good:
Following the fight, Charlo teased a move up to 160 pounds to unify those belts as well. One slight issue there: His twin brother, Jermall Charlo, currently holds the WBC Middleweight title.