Jermell Charlo became the first ever undisputed super welterweight champion in the four belt era, as he added the WBO belt to his WBC, WBA (Super) and IBF crowns with a tenth round knockout of Brian Carlos Castano at Dignity Health Sports Park in California.
The bout was a rematch of their July 2021 classic, where they couldn’t be separated in a split draw for all of the marbles, although Argentina’s Castano can feel aggrieved to have not got the nod.
The pair carried on much in the same vein as their original meeting, but the opening round saw Castano being much more patient, until both opened up towards the end of the round, Charlo landing with a big left, and Castano throwing short, sharp bombs. Both exploded into action in the second, with each having success, and the pattern for the fight was pretty much set. Castano had good success in the third, connecting with combination, and getting the better of the battle of the hooks, but Charlo had the better of the fourth, where the duo wildly exchanged once again. After a wild fifth, Castano stunned Charlo with a right hand, and also drove him back during the session. That seemed to be the WBO champion’s last stand, as Charlo took over after halfway. After a solid eighth round, Charlo shaded the ninth with his work rate, and then finished the job on a tiring Castano a round later. The end came towards the end of the tenth, after more big exchanges, Charlo caught Castano with a jarring left hand that stopped the South American in his tracks and dropped him. He bravely beat the count, but a flurry of punches to head and body had him on the deck again, and the referee had seen enough.
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Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis is on a rapid ascent to the top of the welterweight division, and he scored yet another early win on this card, stopping Custio Clayton in the second round of their IBF title eliminator.
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Ennis began in a relaxed style, waiting patiently for an opening off an accurate and snappy jab. After feeling out the Canadian in the opening round, buckling Clayton with a left hand, Ennis went to work in the second, dropping Clayton hard with a chopping overhand right. Clayton beat the count on extremely wobbly legs, and the referee waved the fight off as he tottered towards the ropes.
The sole ten rounder came at super bantamweight, where Kevin Gonzalez took a ten round decision win against Emanuel Rivera Nieves. Scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 got the job done for the Mexican.
in eight round action, Brandon Lynch got off the canvas to outscore Marcos Hernandez at middleweight by two scores of 76-75 and a third at 77-74, and at featherweight, former world champion Marlon Tapales knocked out Jose Estrella with a body shot in the second round of their meeting.
There were a quartet of six rounders, and at lightweight, Jerry Perez took a fifth round knockout of Erick Lanzas Jr. Also at lightweight, Anthony Cuba halted Oscar Acevedo in two. At heavyweight, Gurgen Hovhannisyan knocked out Jesse Bryan in two rounds, and at super featherweight, Jose Perez knocked down Anthony Chavez on the way to a points victory.