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
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
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
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