Boxing’s first undisputed light middleweight champion in the four-belt era will be crowned on Saturday – given it’s not another draw or no contest.
If Saturday’s fight between unified champion Jermell Charlo and WBO titlist Brian Castano comes down to the judges’ scorecards again, the California State Athletic Commission has assigned three American judges to score the 12-round bout.
Of three judges are Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman, Oklahoma’s David Sutherland and California’s Zachary Young. The referee will be California’s Jerry Cantu.
Feldman has judged four of Charlo’s championship bouts, including his eighth-round knockout of John Jackson in May 2016. Feldman had Charlo trailing 69-64 – a shared score among the two other judges – until he came back and knocked out Jackson, winning the then-vacant WBC light middleweight – or super welterweight – title.
In 2019, Charlo took on Tony Harrison and Sutherland had Charlo ahead with a score of 96-93. Charlo knocked out Harrison in the 11th round.
Young, on the other hand, has not judged any of Charlo’s professional fights. He did score Castano, however.
Young declared Castano the winner over Patrick Teixeira with a scorecard of 117-111 in February 2021. Castano won the WBO title.
Feldman and Sutherland have not judged any of Castano’s fights.
In Charlo and Castano’s first meeting in July 2021, Nevada’s Tim Cheatham had it 114-114, New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld had it 114-113 for Castano and Puerto Rico’s Nelson Vazquez had it 117-111 for Charlo.
Charlo won each of the last three rounds on all three scorecards. Still, according to statistics, Castano out landed Charlo’s punches by 22.
The two will meet again on Saturday.