By News Team
Last Updated: 15th July 2021
Get ready for one of the best fights in boxing when WBC, WBA and IBF champion Jermell Charlo takes on WBO champion Brian Castaño for the undisputed super-welterweight championship on Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
It’s all set up to be a classic. We preview the fight below, whilst we give a nod to the odds.
Charlo aiming to become undisputed
With all four of the major sanctioning bodies’ titles on the line, the winner of this contest will become the first man to hold all four belts in the 154-weight class and the first undisputed champion since Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright in 2004.
There won’t be a lack of action in this fight as Jermell Charlo (34-1) – not to be confused with his identical twin brother Jermall – is a highly skilled boxer puncher who really should still be undefeated.
Charlo lost a disputed decision to the talented Tony Harrison before bouncing back impressively to knock him out in the rematch. The American now faces a tough battle against the unbeaten Brian Castaño (18-0-1), who, while less experienced, has certainly proven himself at the elite level.
The Argentine has fought the likes of skilled Cuban Erislandy Lara and talented Brazilian Patrick Teixeira in the pro ranks, but it is his amateur accomplishments which suggests there is more left in the tank.
In the unpaid ranks he has wins over unbeaten welterweight star Errol Spence and middleweight machine Sergiy Derevyanchenko – who lost a disputed decision against middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin.
Castaño looking to upset proceedings
A live underdog at 21/10 with his high pressure style likely to push Charlo to the limit, there is indeed some bite to the 31-year-old Buenos Aires native.
However, there is something special about Charlo – who is 4/11 to win the fight and always seems to produce the goods when his back is against the wall.
With 18 KOs, including seven in his last nine bouts, Charlo can certainly bang and Castaño’s chin will be tested early and often.
The 5/2 on the Louisiana puncher winning by KO/TKO or DQ is very appealing in what is all set to be an intriguing boxing clash in Texas on Saturday night.