A high profile boxing fight takes place at the AT&T Center today in San Antonio, Texas to crown the very first undisputed four-belt super-welterweight champion in history as current WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, and Ring Magazine title holder Jermell Charlo will be competing in the main event against WBO champion Brian Castano.
Jermell, much like his twin brother Jermall, have taken the boxing world by storm over the past several years with their knockout power highlight reels coupled with their flashy lifestyle. But the hype has been justified as they have risen in the rankings of their respective divisions. Getting his first blemish on his record by a close decision loss in December of 2018, Jermell Charlo rematched Tony Harrison a year later to reclaim his WBC championship with an 11 round TKO victory. Charlo’s hesitancy to throw and becoming too conservative allowed Harrison to capitalize and win their first bout. While Jermell started to suffer possibly the same fate in the rematch, he was able to hurt Harrison and swarm him for a finish. Last September Charlo was able to add the WBA (super), IBF, and The Ring super-welterweight championships to his helm with a knockout over Jeison Rosario.
While the reigning WBO champion Brian Castano is the lesser known opponent between the two, this should not discount his skill-level and preparation to try and score the upset victory on Saturday. Castano’s incredible 181-5-5 record as an amateur had led him to a great professional career thus far with 17 wins, no losses, and just one draw to former champion Erislandy Lara. The Argentine-born product has a great combo of aggression and power – those two things he will need if he wants to claim the undisputed title against Charlo.
Betting Odds: Jermell Charlo (-225), Brian Castano (+185)
I think the betting odds are about spot on for this fight. Jermell Charlo is the better boxer with the speed and punching power to get him the rounds in the judges eyes and to pick up the win. However, Jermell cannot become gun shy in this fight and let Castano push the pace and control the fight with his willingness to throw and come forward with volume. Luckily for Jermell he will carry a height and reach advantage against Castano so that should allow him to get the better of the exchanges. I’m not expecting a knockout as this should be a close fight in the earlier part of the bout but Jermell should take over later as he starts to win rounds more convincingly and take control of the fight with his jab, power, and distance control. I can see Jermell becoming the more aggressive fighter once he gets more comfortable against Castano and implements some good body work around the third or fourth round. Jermell Charlo by decision to claim the first undisputed super-welterweight champion in history has a good ring to it.
Prop: Jermell Charlo Wins By Decision (+125)
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