Jermell Charlo Warns Brian Castano Ahead Of Their Rematch
Unified junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo offered a stern censure to WBO champion Brian Castano in a virtual press conference ahead of their highly anticipated rematch at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Charlo and Castano went toe-to-toe with each other last year in July, with neither of them declared the winner after a grueling 12-round war. Charlo thought he had done enough to earn the decision in his favor, but it didn’t happen.
Come this May, the IBF/WBA/WBC 154-lb champion Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) is planning to settle the score before the final bell rings, with ringside judges scoring excluding from the whole scene in that case.
“I’m dead focused and laser-sharp. I’m going to have him hurting and crying. This isn’t about Castaño. This is about Jermell Charlo,” said Charlo during Thursday’s virtual press conference.
While Charlo thinks he was denied a win last time, many boxing enthusiasts and followers think otherwise. Many of them were left in disbelief when one of the judges scored 117-111 [9 rounds to 3] in favor of Charlo.
The fans argued that Charlo was spared a loss looking at the show he put up on that night – Charlo was fighting in his home territory of Texas.
But if Charlo is to give up a shut-up call to all his doubters, this is the time. But standing in front of him is Castano – a formidable opponent in his own terms, a warrior indeed.
Charlo can take a leaf out of his friend Errol Spence Jr’s book as Spence was relentless in his beating of Yordenis Ugas. Spence threw over 700 punches, landing clean most of the time on his opponent’s temple.
Charlo doesn’t follow the same philosophy. He sits back, takes his time and then picks out his shots.
“I’m planning to bring some tricks out of the hat this time,” said Jermell Charlo
“I’m going to be better, faster, stronger, and more relentless in this fight,” said Jermell about how he plans on fighting during the rematch.”
While Castano, as usual, humble in himself, plans to give Charlo a taste of his own medicine when the two face each other on May 14.
“I’m going to break him, and I will make him suffer,” said Castano.