Jermell Charlo will attempt to become the undisputed light middleweight champion of the world on Saturday when he takes on Brian Castano at the AT&T Center in Texas.
Jermell Charlo v Brian Castano Betting Tips & Predictions
This fight between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano has the potential to be the best fight of 2021, as one of them will be walking away as the undisputed king of the light middleweight division.
The 31-year-old Charlo currently holds the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and The Ring light middleweight titles, while the undefeated Castano from Argentina is the current WBO champion.
Charlo is not shy when it comes to confidence – like most American fighters – but his record is quite impressive as he looks to extend his winning streak to four fights.
His first defeat came in 2018 when he lost on points to Tony Harrison and also lost his WBC belt. After an easy third-round win over Jorge Cota, Charlo got his revenge on Harrison as he stopped him in the 11th round in December 2019 to regain his belt.
Charlo wanted bigger and better things after the Harrison victory, and he got them as he retained his WBC tile and added the WBA (Super), IBF and The Ring belt to his collection with an eighth-round knockout win over Jeison Rosario.
He now wants to unify the division, but he will not have it all his own way against Castano who puts his own belt on the line alongside his unbeaten record.
For most of his professional career, Castano fought Argentinian fighters, but he has since beaten the likes of Todd Manuel, Cedric Vitu, Wale Omotoso and Patrick Teixeira.
This is, without doubt, the toughest test of his 19-fight career, and although he clearly has the skills to be in with someone like Charlo, I just cannot see him doing enough to get his hand raised against the American.
If this ends up being a scrap, then Charlo has the heart to go the distance. He might have only won four fights on points, but he knows he has to tread deep waters if he wants to be classed as a great.
We all want to see knockouts – that’s the beauty of the sport – but there is too much on the line for Charlo to go at Castano like a bull in a China shop. He needs to be clever and box his way to victory, rather than trying to take his head off. I am backing Charlo to win this one on points.
Jermell Charlo v Brian Castano Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Jermell Charlo: “This could be the fight, you know, this could be the fight that puts [me] in the Hall of Fame. I mean, I won a world title at the same weight division with my brother. That was legacy moments as well. So, I mean, I don’t know when it’s going to be enough for you guys. But y’all not getting in the ring, so y’all don’t really understand. So, truthfully, to be honest with you, this fight is right. This the one that I need. This the one that I want. I mean, this is a major fight. You know, it’s history for me and my family, it’s history for me and my brother, it’s history for just for me and everybody, you know, that I represent, that represents me. My city of Houston, people that’s just been supporting me for all of these years and it’s just like, you know, it was due time, you know, to get in there and fight somebody. So, now I’m here. You know, it’s the time to let this moment just settle in. Nobody’s ever done it, you know, since those days and when they did do it, it wasn’t four belts. But like the belts aren’t on my mind. The belts are not on my mind. The money, none of that’s on my mind. What’s on my mind is just the fight and the legacy behind this fight and what I do when I get in that ring. So, I know the belts going to be there. That’s trophies.”
Brian Castano: “I’ve seen Charlo knock down a lot of fighters with just one punch. That’s something to look out for. However, I have more of a variety in my arsenal than anybody he has fought before. If I have to be more aggressive and go for more power instead of finesse, rest assured that I can knock him down as well. Ring rust will not be an issue at all. I train every day. I spar three times a week. I’ve been training twice a day lately. I am in rhythm and in shape. I am coming for the four belts. On July 17, I can guarantee that I will bare my soul, I will leave my heart in the ring and do everything in my power to become the undisputed, unified champion of the world. I think that Charlo is in the prime of his career as well. That’s why I looked for this fight. This is the fight I’ve been looking for because we are both in the best moment of our career, and I want to take advantage of it.
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