Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano II Confirmed For Spring
The Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano rematch won’t be scrapped after all.
The WBO has allowed Castano to bypass his mandatory title defense so he may have a second fight with Charlo, but it must take place no later than Saturday, May 14, Boxing Scene reported.
The anticipated rematch was originally scheduled for March 19, but Castano suffered a minor right bicep tear in February, forcefully putting off the fight. The WBO asked Castano to provide a “show of cause” for why he shouldn’t be forced into an immediate mandatory against overdue challenger Tim Tszyu.
Charlo said he didn’t believe the injury and that they tried “pulling” the same stunt twice.
But a representative from Castano’s team had requested that the rematch be pushed back four weeks from March 19, but May 14 was the earliest viable date, ESPN reported.
The boxing schedule is stacked from April 16 through May 7, including star matchups between welterweights Errol Spence Jr and Yordenis Ugas on April 16; heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte on April 23; and light heavyweight battle between Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol on May 7.
Charlo and Castano’s rematch will take place ten months after their exhilarating first fight last July 17, which ended in a split decision draw.
One judge scored the fight 114-113 for Castano, another had 117-111 for Charlo and the third judge had it 114-114, leaving boxing without its first ever undisputed junior middleweight champion.
But now, boxing fans hope all of that will be settled soon.
Tszyu will go forward with his fight against Terrel Gausha, which will headline a March 26 Showtime tripleheader.