Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castaño Undisputed Super
Welterweight Championship Rematch On May 14
Unified WBC, WBA and IBF World Champion Jermell Charlo and
WBO World Champion Brian Castaño will meet in a rematch of
one of 2021’s most significant fights as they again seek to
become the first ever undisputed 154-pound champion in the
four-belt era on Saturday, May 14 live on SHOWTIME from
Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson headlining a Premier
Boxing Champions event. Charlo vs. Castaño II was previously
announced to take place on March 19 but was rescheduled
after Castaño suffered an arm injury in training.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m.
ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature rising welterweight star and
pound-for-pound talent Jaron “Boots” Ennis dueling unbeaten
Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton in an IBF Welterweight
Title Eliminator in the co-main event. Kicking off the
telecast, Mexican contender Kevin González puts his unbeaten
record on the line against Puerto Rico’s Emanuel Rivera in a
10-round super bantamweight attraction.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB
Promotions and Lions Only Promotions, go on sale tomorrow,
Thursday, March 31 at 12 p.m. PT and can be purchased
through AXS.com. Ennis vs. Clayton is promoted in
association with D&D Boxing.
“Saturday, May 14 will feature a scintillating card live on
SHOWTIME as fans will be able to enjoy three high-stakes
fights, topped by the eagerly anticipated undisputed
championship rematch between Jermell Charlo and Brian
Castaño,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions.
“Charlo and Castaño have proven once again that they are
true warriors by going directly into this rematch that fans
across the world demanded after the conclusion of their
dramatic and unforgettable first fight. Now, the rabid
sports fans in Southern California and watching live on
SHOWTIME will get a front row seat to what shapes up to be
an exceptional sequel at Dignity Health Sports Park, a venue
renowned for hosting all-action contests.”
In an instant classic, Charlo and Castaño went toe-to-toe
for 12 grueling rounds on July 17, 2021 on SHOWTIME, with
the back-and-forth tilt ending in a split-decision draw.
Each fighter believed they had done enough to have their
hand raised in the first fight and will look to leave no
doubt in the rematch.
Houston’s Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) became a unified champion
in September 2020, dropping Jeison Rosario three times on
his way to an eighth-round knockout that earned him the WBA
and IBF titles. Before that fight, Charlo had avenged the
only loss of his career, as he reclaimed his WBC belt via an
11th-round knockout of Tony Harrison in one of 2019’s best
fights. The 31-year-old is trained by Derrick James in
Dallas and won his first world title in his debut fight with
James by scoring an eighth-round knockout of John Jackson in
2016. He followed up that victory with three successful
defenses, knocking out Erickson Lubin and Charles Hatley,
and winning a decision over former world champion Austin
Trout. Charlo returns to the same stadium where he won his
first 12-round fight in a victory over Demetrius Hopkins in
“I’m the unified champ and I’ve got business to finish,”
said Charlo. “My total goal as a kid was to win all of the
belts as a professional and I plan to make history yet again
on May 14, in front of my west coast fans and all across the
world. If you know me, you know how I don’t take
opportunities lightly - Lions Only, the time is now! Make
sure you tune-in May 14.”
The 32-year-old Castaño (17-0-2, 12 KOs) put on a
spectacular performance to capture the WBO title in February
2021, as he dominated Patrick Teixeira to wrest the belt
away via unanimous decision. A native of Buenos Aires,
Argentina, a win for Castaño on May 14 would be a monumental
achievement in the storied history of Argentine boxing.
Prior to winning his title, Castaño fought to a draw against
two-division world champion Erislandy Lara in a 2019 action
fight. He also owns triumphs over Michel Soro, Cedric Vitu
and Wale Omotoso. A highly experienced amateur, Castaño
notched victories over unified welterweight champion Errol
Spence Jr. and top middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko before
he turned pro.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to face Charlo again
for all four titles,” said Castaño. “This is champion vs.
champion, just like it should be. The first fight was a
great war. The rematch will be no different, but this time I
won’t leave it in the judges’ hands. This is my era, and I
will prove it.”
Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs) is the latest in the pantheon of
outstanding Philadelphia fighters, combining sublime boxing
skills with natural power in both hands. After numerous
appearances on SHOBOX: The New Generation, the 24-year-old
Ennis graduated to headlining his first SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast in April 2021, as he became the
first fighter to stop former world champion Sergey Lipinets.
He followed up that performance with an impressive
first-round stoppage of veteran contender Thomas Dulorme in
October. The knockout victory gave Ennis 18 KOs in his last
19 fights, with the only blemish being a no-decision in the
first round against Chris van Heerden in December 2020.
“I can’t wait for this fight,” said Ennis. “This one means a
lot to me. This is another step towards becoming a world
champion. My time is now. Camp is going great, and I can’t
wait to shine and put on a spectacular performance come May
14. It’s time for me to continue making big statements.”
A 2012 Canadian Olympian, Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs) fights
out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will compete in the U.S.
for the third straight time on May 14. The 34-year-old
impressed in his U.S. debut in 2020, stepping in as a late
replacement to fight former world champion Sergey Lipinets
to a draw on SHOWTIME. Clayton most recently earned a
10-round unanimous decision over Cameron Krael in December
2021. He also owns 2019 victories over former champion
DeMarcus Corley and Johan Perez, in addition to a 12-round
decision win over then unbeaten Stephen Danyo in 2018.
“I love challenges and I know that I have a real one on May
14 against Jaron Ennis,” said Clayton. “That’s why I’m in
this sport, to fight the best. When I prove myself against
Ennis, nobody is going to be able to deny me a shot at the
The 24-year-old González (24-0-1, 13 KOs) will step in for
his U.S. debut when he challenges Rivera on May 14 in
Carson. A native of Sinaloa, Mexico, González has fought
professionally since 2016, and owns a unanimous decision
over former title challenger Ivan Morales in March 2021.
González won a regional 122-pound title by stopping
Alexander Mejia in July 2021, finishing the fight in round
seven. Most recently, Gonzalez scored a first-round TKO over
Antonio Guzman in December 2021.
“I am very happy to be fighting on a card of this
magnitude,” said González. “To have my debut in the U.S. be
on this stage, it is an opportunity that I have to take
advantage of. No matter who my opponent is, I will always be
ready and at my best. I am going to show everyone that I’m
ready for the champions.”
Representing his native Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Rivera (19-2,
12 KOs) looks to make it three-straight victories on May 14.
The 32-year-old put together a 12-fight winning streak
between 2011 and 2017 before dropping a decision to then
unbeaten Nate Green. Rivera returned to action after that
fight in July 2021, winning a unanimous decision over
Jonathan Lecona Ramos in his U.S. debut. Most recently, he
stopped Wallington Orobio in November 2021.
“I was training at the gym when my manager told me I was
going to be in this card,” said Rivera. “We never say no to
any opponent that wants to fight me. I hope González is at
100% too, because I want us to put on a show for the fans
and I want to continue on my way to fight for a world title.
This is an opportunity I can´t let pass me by.”