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  Charlo Leaves No Doubts, KO’s Castaño In Tenth
Plus Complete Results From Carson, CA

By William Trillo
Photos: German Villasenor

In a rematch of their hotly contested battle that ended in a Draw, Super Welterweights Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO’s) and Brian Carlos Castaño (17-1-2, 12 KO’s) met in Carson California to settle the score. In a very entertaining fight both men let it all hang out as they had all the 154 pound belts on the line.

There was no feeling out process here. Round one started of where the last fight left off, Castaño may have been a bit more aggressive, but it was Charlo who landed the cleaner shots.

Round two saw Castaño waiting a bit too much early and although he came on late it may not have been enough to secure the round.

Finally in round three Castaño started letting his hands go. The pressure put Charlo on his heels and moving in retreat.

Round four was a good action round that saw both men landing big shots as they stood toe to toe in the ring. The crowd was starting to rev up as the fighters picked up the action.

Round five was another very high action round that saw both fighters taking turn landing major leather.

The sixth round saw a confident Castaño dictating the pace. It was a close round but with the full speed aggression of Castaño and Charlo back peddling the round may have belonged to Castaño.

Charlo got his second wind in round seven and put on a very effective display of punching accuracy.

It appeared in round 8 that Castaño may have been slowing down a bit. He was still attacking but not with the ferocity of the mid-rounds. Charlo on the other hand was picking up the pace.

In round nine it was clear Castaño was running out of gas. What was also clear is that Charlo knew it and was setting up what would soon be the final touches.

In round 10 after exchanging punches, it was Charlo who uncorked a short left hand to the chin of Castaño. In a delayed reaction Castaño first took the punch but then dropped to his knees. He struggled to beat the eight count but somehow was able to get to his feet to fight on. Moments later Charlo put him down again but this time he was unable to get his legs firmly under him. Ref Jerry Cantu saved Castaño from further punishment as he stopped the bout at the 2:33 mark.

With the victory Charlo settled the score and took home the Undisputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO Super Welterweight Titles.

After the fight Charlo remarked, “This is legacy. This is something that is legendary. I’m a legend. This is a beautiful thing. They’re going to keep putting them in there. When you’re at the top like this, you get a bunch of mandatories. You get a bunch of No. 1 guys so you just have to prepare for it and be ready at all times.”

Welterweight Jaron Ennis (29-0, 27 KO’s) was simply too much to handle for Custio Clayton (19-1-1, 12 KO’s). “Boots” immediately started off the fight with an impressive and hard long jab. Clayton seemed almost hypnotized by that pole. Doing little if any effective work at all, Clayton looked like a sitting duck.

Not letting up on the jab in round two “Boots’ was landing effectively and was now dropping a nice straight left hand on Clayton. As soon as Ennis had the range he fired a long left hand to the top of Clayton’s head. Stunned by a blow he never saw Clayton hit the deck hard. He tried to get back up but he was stumbling all over the place. Ref Ray Corona had seen enough and stopped the bout at the 2:49 mark.

On his victory Boots said, “I’m just trying to perfect my craft and get better and better each and every time. That’s what I’ve been doing. Just working on things and doing what I need to do. And that’s getting the knockout. I keep telling ya’ll every single time, you know my slogan. We’re in and out like a robbery. We don’t get paid for overtime.

In the quintessential Mexico vs. Puerto Rico brawl, Super Bantamweights Kevin Gonzalez (25-0-1, 13 KO’s) and Emanuel Rivera Nieves (19-3, 12 KO’s) did not disappoint in this 10 round war. Like any good rivalry these two warriors went at it from the opening bell with bad intentions as their gameplan. Both fighters had their moments. Likewise, both mens faces wore the marks of rugged scrap. It was close but in the end final scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 gave the unanimous decision victory to Gonzalez.

Gonzalez stated, “Bring on all the champions. I’m gonna fight as soon as my promoter tells me to in order to become the world champion I want to be.”

In a hard fought and bloody slugfest Middleweights Marcos Hernandez (15-5-23 KO’s) and Brandyn Lynch (10-1-1, 8 KO’s) let the leather fly in this eight round attraction. Lynch, who wore a crimson mask of blood for almost the entire fight would not relent. In the end his aggression put him on top with final scores all in his favor 76-75 x 2 and 77-74.

Heavyweight Geovany Bruzon (7-1, 6 KO’s) stopped Daniel Najera (987-1, 4 KO’s) at the 2:39 mark of round two.

Lightweight Jerry Perez (14-1, 11 KO’s) landed a right hand followed by an uppercut on Erick Lanzas Jr (10-1, 7 KO’s) in round five and that was the beginning of the end. The fight was stopped at the 1:58 mark.

Super Bantamweight Marlon Tapales (35-4, 19 KO’s) delivered a devastating body shot to Jose Estrella (23-19-1, 16 KO’s) and that was all she wrote, there was no way Estrella could recover. This one was over at the 1:39 mark of round two.

Heavyweight Gurgen Hovhannisyan (3-0, 3 KO’s) defeated Jesse Bryan (20-7-2, 16 KO’s) by 3rd round KO.

Lightweight Anthony Cuba (4-0-1, 3 KO’s) dropped Oscar Acevedo (7-1) twice in round one en route to a first round KO. Time of stoppage was the 2:11 mark.

Featherweight Jose Perez (10-1-2, 4 KO’s) defeated Anthony Chavez (9-1-1, 3 KO’s) with a six round unanimous decision. Scores read 58-55 x 3.

Welterweight Jose Mejia gets a first round KO in his Pro Debut over Matthew Reed (1-3, 1 KO) at the 1:27 mark.

Heavyweight Luciano Sanchez KO’d Adrian Silva at the 1:37 mark of round one. This was the pro debut for both fighters.


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