Brian Castano: I was robbed, I want rematch with Jermell Charlo
By Jeff Aronow: WBO 154-lb champion Brian Castano says he felt he was robbed by the judges in his undisputed junior middleweight championship against IBF/WBA/WBC champion Jermell Charlo on Saturday night, and he was an immediate rematch. The two fought to a 12 round split draw at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The scoring of the fight was all over the place, which left no one happy. These were the scores: 117-111 for Jermell, 115-113 Castano, and 114-114.
Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) and his manager aren’t certain whether he has a mandatory due with the World Boxing Organization or if Jermell has a mandatory he must satisfy. If not, Castano is ready to set up a rematch with Jermell right away.
Brian Castano demands a rematch
“It was a tough fight, but I felt that they robbed me. That’s the way I feel,” said Brian Castano after the fight. “I’m not taking anything away from Charlo.
“He’s a good puncher. He caught me with some big punches at times, but I survived, and I won the fight. Needless to say, I want the rematch because he still has the three belts that I need and that I believe should be mine,” said Castano.
Jermell had Castano badly hurt a couple of times in the fight, but he bravely fought through and made it out of the fight on his feet. Charlo could have stopped Castano if he didn’t get tired.
He failed to go all out when he had Castano on the brink of being stopped. The only explanation one can think of for why Jermell didn’t try and finish Castano is because he was worried
“I’m ready for the rematch. He won the second ten and eleventh, that’s it,” said Castano about Charlo. “Yes, of course,” said Castano when asked if he was robbed by the judges.
“He hurt me in the second round; I hurt him in the third round. I think that may have opened the door for some of the judges to score it a draw.
“I don’t agree with it. I felt I was robbed, and I demand a rematch. I would love to have a rematch because there should only be one super welterweight champion,” said Castano.
It’s going to be up to Al Haymon and Jermell whether they want to take the rematch with Castano. If they decide collectively to go in another direction, Castano will need to move on.
“I think if Charlo isn’t afraid of a rematch, and I don’t think he is afraid. I don’t know what his plans are. If he’s planning to move up to 160, that’s up to him.
“But as I said, I need the three belts that he has. I’m up for a rematch, of course. I don’t know what exactly are his plans,” said Castano.
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