Jermell Charlo Vs. Brian Castano match results: Unification match ends in split draw after delivering into action

The first undisputed 154-pound championship match in the four-belt arena lived up to its promise in terms of drama and competitiveness. Even that unfortunately could not save Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño from seeing their efforts marred by questionable scoring.

Castano (17-0-2), the reigning WBO champion, was forced to settle for a controversial split draw on Saturday after largely outboxing Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) before holding a late rally inside the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Referee Tim Cheatham scored it 114-114 and Steve Weisfeld had it 114-113 in favor of Castaño. But Nelson Vasquez brought in a 117-111 head scraper for Charlo, which allowed him to retain his WBA, WBC and IBF titles. CBS Sports had it 116-112, also for Castaño.

Despite what appeared to be a lack of urgency midway through the match, as Charlo, the 31-year-old counterpuncher, was overly selective in his production, the Houston native took the pace significantly over the last three rounds. Charlo injured Castaño in round 10, but could not lose or finish him, leading most to believe that Castaño, a 31-year-old native of Argentina, had done enough.

Castaño showed Charlo over 12 rounds with a margin of 173 to 151, according to CompuBox, including 164 to 98 in power shots.

“The draw was not what I wanted to hear. If anything, I won this match,” Charlo said. “Brian Castaño is a tough fighter. He will give a lot of people problems, but like I said, my power is serious in this division.

“My coach told me I needed a knockout and I just knew he knew he was talking about. I trust him. This is the first time something like this happened to me.”

Although the instructions down the line from coach Derrick James, who told Charlo that he needed a knockout to win, seemed to be on point, the tendency tends to become too patient while wanting to end the match with a shot, followed Charlo for years. His low output was a major theme in his controversial decision loss to Tony Harrison in 2018, and Charlo appeared to be down on scorecards late in their rematch a year later before scoring a late finish.

Not only did Castaño avoid imploding despite Charlo landing the bigger shots late, he fought brilliantly to neutralize his enemy with a defensively responsible gift attack that was heavy on the lead right. Charlo became too willing to fight the ropes, which helped Castaño try and bully him and served as ring general through a series of close rounds.

Even better for Castaño, he regularly closed rounds with big flurries in ways that easily (or even should have) easily swung the judges in his favor at the end of each competitive frame.

“Basically, I won the match,” Castaño said. “There were some rounds that he hit me without a doubt. He hit me hard, but I won the match.

“In the 10th round I was injured. I tried to get a little bit back in the 11th round but I won the match. I did enough to win the match.”

Castaño’s clever boxing also opened the way for great forces within his late flurries. He seemed to strain Charlo’s knees to close round 3 with a left hook along the ropes.

Charlo’s biggest problem was how regularly he gave up his jab. But once he recognized the danger of not finishing a strong course towards the championship rounds, his response was perfect as Charlo landed the bigger shots late while backing up Castaño.

“He threw hell many blows against almost every opponent he ever fought, but with my abilities and power I kept him away from me,” said Charlo. “He had his guard really high. I moved a little, but probably not active enough. I have no excuses, though. I’m proud to have fought for an undisputed title.”

Although Castaño gave Charlo his respect after the match, it was clear that he felt he had been robbed and openly suggested a second chance.

“I hope there is a rematch,” Castaño said. “He’s also a great fighter. I want a rematch.”

CBS Sports was with you all the way on Saturday, so be sure to follow the live results and highlights below.

Match cards, results

  • Jermell Charlo (c) vs. Brian Castaño (c) ends in a draw (114-113, 117-111, 114-114)
  • Rolando Romero defeated Anthony Yigit via TKO from the seventh round
  • Amilcar Vidal def. Immanuwel Aleem by majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 97-93)

Charlo vs. Castaño scorecard, live coverage

Charlo 9 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 112
chestnut 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 116

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