Obviously Charlo is not to blame for Covid-19; which may have slowed his career. That aside, he says he wants nothing but KO’s from here on out – COOL
Particulars: This Saturday, July 17, 2021 from AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX (Showtime) it’s Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Carlos Castaño for all the Junior Middleweight belts.
Background: Nothin’ like a title fight for all the belts and this is that – all junior middle belts will be on the line.
Jermell is the younger brother (by a minute) who remained at junior middle while his identical twin, Jermall, went up to middleweight.
Castaño, from Argentina, is Jermell’s fellow 31-year-old with the odd – for an Argentinian - first name of ‘Brian.’
At 31, with a less than HOF resume, Jermell said recently he and Jermall will A. never fight each other (hence their decision to part divisions) and B. want nothing but KO’s from here to the end of their career. Suits me!
But with a 50% KO ratio, you have to wonder if like, Keith “Knockouts for Life” Thurman, he means it. (Thurman has a much greater KO percentage while failing to live up to the moniker and fading from the sport.)
Jermell Charlo has less power than his brother who is one minute older. But power he does have as well as athleticism and explosiveness. As Shawn Porter said astutely, Castaño is athletic but not very athletic. I think Shawn meant he’s coordinated and a good athlete – but not explosive.
Castaño is not a plodder, but his reach means like Tyson, he sometimes jumps to punch. (Though at a legit 5’11,” Tyson appeared to jump only against very tall fighters. Castaño is probably shorter than all his opponents, so who knows how often he jumps!)
Fighters Grades: (Speed, Power, Defense, Reach, Age, Stamina, Experience)
Jermell Charlo: B B- B- B- B- B B (Average of all) B- (2.8)
Brian Carlos Castaño: B- B B- C+ B- B B- (Average of all) B- (2.8)
Reality Check: Positively no doubt that Charlo should be the favorite here. He’s taller, has a better reach, better movement, better competition, at least equal power…the works. Charlo has a fine left hook and tremendous straight right hand – and I mean Kostya Tszyu straight. I don’t think he’s quite the jabber he’s made out to be. Looks to impose his will and has been in some exciting fights.
Castaño has a variety of quick rights and for his age – a mysterious lack of fights, in my opinion. His foot movement is professional but nothing to crow about. He looks to impose his will – and as Charlo does too, we could have a shootout – please let it be so!
Castaño is also fighting in Texas (Houston is great, just got back) Jermell’s home – so in a close fight, he’s about as likely to win as Chrissy Teigen vs. Ray Robinson. He’s supposed to make 1.25 million for his troubles, not bad. Let’s hope he’s not content to come for a payday.
Castaño will land some punches, and probably some heavy shots. His KO percentage is much better than Charlo, but his competition is certainly not.
Obviously Charlo is not to blame for Covid-19; which may have slowed his career. That aside, he says he wants nothing but KO’s from here on out – COOL. So dude, fight three times a year, stay razor-sharp and I’ll watch you with enthusiasm.
Fight and Prediction: Nothing less than an all-action fight, culminating in a stoppage, will help Charlo dodge the slightly overrated tag. I see just such a fight, with the more talented Charlo swapping hard punches with a game Castaño – and getting hit too much in the process.
Look for Castaño to get worn down, chopped up, and disposed of, 7-9.
Jermell Charlo TKO Brian Carlos Castaño, 8.