Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano got down to grow to be the first-ever undisputed male champion at 154 lbs within the four-belt period on Saturday night time.
Regardless of the unsatisfying consequence, Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO) and Castano (17-0-2, 12 KO) placed on a really satisfying struggle, as soon as once more proving that should you really simply put two high-level fighters in a high-level struggle, you are inclined to get high-level outcomes, as bewildering an idea as this often appears to many risk-averse promoters.
This was not a Combat of the 12 months-level slugfest, and it wasn’t probably the most actually masterful recreation of candy science chess, both. I’m not going to overstate what the struggle was, which boxing folks like to do, by screaming about it being an immediate traditional.
What it was, nevertheless, was persistently implausible, with an lively San Antonio crowd boosting how good the fighters have been. Charlo and Castano are two extremely succesful, extremely expert ring veterans at this level, each of them 31 years previous and combating in addition to they’re going to struggle of their careers.
They’re additionally each flawed. Castano’s march-forward model can typically be a bit one-dimensional, and it noticed him rocked repeatedly by Charlo, who undoubtedly harm his opponent greater than the opposite method round. And Charlo can typically be too passive, too assured in the concept that his one-punch energy will ultimately simply finish issues. We’ve seen it in a bunch of his fights now; usually, it has labored out, so that you kinda get why he’s so assured in it.
I didn’t have an issue with the result being a draw, and I don’t assume many observers did. The issue anybody had got here from Nelson Vazquez’s absurd 117-111 Charlo card. The general consequence isn’t actually what we consider once we say “controversial,” it’s truthful sufficient.
And that’s one of many causes these two should rematch, and do it subsequent.
Obligatory challengers could possibly be a priority, however don’t should be. Notably, Erickson Lubin does have a shot on the WBC belt and Charlo coming to him. However Lubin, like Charlo and Castano, is a PBC man. If instructed to step again only a bit extra and wait, that’s what doubtless will occur. And the WBC are extraordinarily unlikely to really make an official Charlo-Lubin order — except that’s what PBC really wish to do subsequent.
Charlo didn’t absolutely verify nor deny his curiosity in a rematch, although he did say, “I wish to be undisputed,” and referred to as it his “future.” That signifies that he’ll wish to run it again as soon as he’s had time to assume on the struggle and what he ought to do subsequent. Castano very a lot mentioned he desires to rematch Charlo, and naturally each felt they received.
However they’ll have time to assume, most likely. And the result needs to be the identical for each males: There isn’t a higher or larger struggle for both of them coming subsequent at 154 lbs, and that’s not simply due to the belts on the road. It is a division, largely managed by PBC, that has been aggressive and fairly thrilling for a number of years now.
However most of the names have began to fall by the wayside. Lubin has fought his method again into competition, however Jeison Rosario, Julian Williams, and Jarrett Hurd are all out of that blend for the second, or needs to be for the needs of getting Charlo-Castano 2 completed. Erislandy Lara has moved as much as 160. Tim Tszyu, an intriguing title and expertise, is in Australia and if we begin being actual sincere about Tszyu, he hasn’t fought anybody close to high stage, and he hasn’t precisely been calling both of those guys out simply but, both. Tszyu is being life like about his construct.
I’m not all the time the largest advocate for fast rematches, however there’s nothing else these two ought to even be contemplating. They went for a historic thought as soon as, neither bought the consequence they needed, and to then look elsewhere as an alternative of going, “Yeah, I fought for the undisputed title, didn’t work out, nonetheless have a belt/belts, oh effectively, shifting on,” would come off extraordinarily weak.
Hopefully, we see “spherical 13” coming by the top of 2021.