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Jermell Charlo says he’ll “Smash” Brian Castano if he pressures on May 14th

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By Jim Calfa:  Jermell Charlo met with the media last week to discuss his upcoming rematch with WBO 154-lb champion Brian Carlos Castano on May 14th on Showtime Boxing.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old Jermell is vowing to “smash” Castano if he bum-rushes him in their rematch next month at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The Argentinian Castano enjoyed much success with the pressure & high-volume punch attack he put on Jermell last July in San Antonio, Texas, and many people believed the judges robbed him. Hence, the Charlo-Castano rematch is taking place in a neutral venue in Carson, California rather than being staged in Texas, where it would likely bring in much better numbers.

Despite the views of the public seeing the fight as controversial, Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) is still upset over his 12-round draw last July against Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs), because he believes that he should have been given the victory.

“To me, I won all that s***. I just won’t get on the ropes that much, and when I start being on the ropes, I’m going to start getting myself off the ropes, put it back in the center of the ring,” said Jermell Charlo during the media roundup for his rematch with Brian Castano.

Like in his loss to Tony Harrison in December 2018, Jermell is in denial about how poorly he fought, and he sees it as a case of the judges getting it wrong rather than something he failed to do.

Fortunately, Charlo isn’t in charge of scoring his fights because if he were, he’d have a perfect record instead of a loss and a draw to go along with his 34 victories.

The judges scored the Charlo-Castano fight 117-111 for Jermell, 114-113 for Castano, and 114-114. As you would guess, the 117-111 for Charlo was widely criticized by the boxing world, as it was a score that made no sense at all given how close & competitive the contest was.

It was such a bad score that it marred the performance by Charlo, making him look pampered & protected in the eyes of some fans. It wasn’t the first time that one of Jermell’s fights had oddball scoring.

In his win over Vanes Martirosyan in 2015, which many boxing fans had him losing, he won a questionable decision. This writer had Martirosyyan winning by a 97-93 score, and yet the judges gave Jermell a unanimous decision.

“Castano’s a guy that throws 100,000 punches, but not against me,” said Jermell. “So what, I won that opportunity, I won that objective.

“He didn’t throw as many punches at me why? “Because if he did he would’ve got hurt, the fight would’ve ended,” said Charlo.

It sounds like Jermell has selective amnesia about what happened in his fight with Castano last July. The fact is, Castano, DID throw a lot of punches, which is why boxing fans had him winning the fight.

“Let him come in there charging me up like that again, I’m going to come in that motherf*** and smash him,” said Jermell.

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