Jermel Charlo-Brian Castano stay outcomes and evaluation
SAN ANTONIO – Jermel Charlo and Brian Castano want to enter their names in the record books on Saturday evening as they will become the undisputed junior middleweight champion. Charlo goes into battle as the 260 favorite, according to William Hill’s Caesars Sportsbook.
The winner will stand alongside Josh Taylor, Teofimo Lopez, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk as undisputed champions in the four-belt era.
Charlo (34-1), the current WBC, WBA and IBF title holder, took his gold with victories over Jeison Rosario last September and Tony Harrison in December 2019. Castano (17-0-1) defeated Patrick in February Teixeira and won the WBO strap.
The PBC sponsored bout will broadcast on Showtime with the main three-bout map starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The other title fight on the card shows Rolando Romero defending his WBA lightweight inter-title against Anthony Yigit. The unbeaten Romero (13-0) defeated Jackson Martinez in August and won the title. Yigit (24-1-1) made his first appearance since June 2019.
Follow all night as we provide results and analysis for each fight on the map.
Amilcar Vidal (left) took a majority decision victory in an extremely entertaining fight against Immanuwel Aleem on the Charlo-Castano sub-map. Amanda Westcott / Showtime
Middleweights: Amilcar Vidal def. Immanuwel Aleem by majority vote
Amilcar Vidal and Immanuwel Aleem made it through over 10 rounds in one of the best action fights of the year to open the televised Showtime triple header.
Vidal (13-0, 11 KOs), from Motevideo, Uraguay, won over the judges with his superior body punching, specifically a left hook that 25-year-old Aleem from Richmond, Virginia used repeatedly to pound in preparation for his right chop Hand over it.
The middleweights stood head to head exchanging haymaking round after round in an attempt to seemingly outdo each other. They threw a total of 1,218 hits per CompuBox and combined with 351 powershots.
One judge even rated it 95-95, overruled by 97-93 and 97-93, which gave Vidal the majority decision victory.
“In 12 fights he has had, he has not learned what he learned in 10 rounds tonight,” said Vidal manager Sampson Lewkowicz, who is also from Uruguay. “I would appreciate an undefeated guy [for his next opponent]. He’s ready for a contender. “
Vidal, who suffered a cut under his left eye, is likely to return in October or November, according to Lewkowicz.
Murtazaliev takes care of the business in decision making
If Bakhram Murtazaliev wanted to impress ahead of a possible title fight against Jermel Charlo, he failed. What he achieved was far more important: to maintain his status as Charlo’s mandatory challenger.
The 28-year-old outperformed Khiary Gray (16-6, 12 KOs) over eight rounds to get a unanimous decision of 79-73, 78-74 and 79-73.
This was Murtazaliev’s second fight in a row on Charlo’s undercard, and the second time Murtazaliev was injured in combat.
Worcester, Massachusetts’ Gray, who was otherwise beaten, stunned Murtazaliev on Round 3 before Murtazaliev landed a low blow that gave him some time to recover. Both fighters competed with bloody faces, but Gray, 28, endured the worst as blood spurted from his nose and mouth.
Kathy Duva is promoting Russian fighter Murtazaliev, who is currently fighting from Oxnard, California, and Duva has worked out a step-aside deal with Premier Boxing Champions to allow Charlo to reunite with Castano and delay mandatory defense Main Events CEO told ESPN.
The agreement included another appearance on a Charlo undercard after Murtazaliev (19-0, 14 KOs) started under Charlo-Jeison Rosario in September. Duva said a deal was in place for Murtazaliev to fight Charlo but there is no timeframe for the fight.
Charlo, of course, holds three £ 154 titles; There is rotation between organizations to determine which mandatory defense comes next. Duva claims the IBF, which ranked their fight # 1, is next in line.
“He wants to fight Charlo, of course he does,” Duva said of Murtazaliev. “I think he’s frustrated tonight; he wanted to turn the guy off and got too scared. He took too many shots. Hopefully this is a good learning experience. But in a more competitive fight he would be much more careful. “
Murtazaliev is led by Egis Klimas, who also has Vasiliy Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk in his stable. Murtazaliev is trained by Virgil Hunter, best known for his work with Boxing Hall of Famer Andre Ward.
Rubio remains undefeated with a decisive win over Manriquez
Pablo Rubio Jr. made a unanimous six round decision over Eric Manriquez and scored two knockdowns in the final round to be strong in their junior lightweight fight.
Rubio (13-0, 4 KOs) boxed and moved for the majority of the fight before stunning Manriquez – who is from Bryan Texas – at the end of the fifth fight. Rubio, who is directed by Sampson Lewkowicz, is from Los Angeles.
Medina rolls with first-round knockout
Amed Medina from Los Angeles improved to 3-0 with three knockouts and won a TKO in the first round from Reginald Hinson. The 18-year-old Medina made his US debut after two fights in Mexico.
Medina, a feather-light, down-to-earth Hinson from Rock Hill, South Carolina, with a left hook that Hinson never recovered from. Hinson (1-1, 0 KOs) managed to get back on his feet but was unable to continue and the referee waved it off after 2:03 of the opening round.
Heavyweight Zavala registered KO over West
Robert Zavala Jr., a heavyweight fighter from Del Rio, Texas, was unbeaten with a knockout in the third round by Levi West.
Zavala (2-0, 2 KOs) dropped West on Round 2 and then finished him on Round 3 by sending him through the ropes. Zavala enjoyed a 55 pound weight advantage and weighed 254 pounds, while West entered cruiser weight at 199.2 pounds.
West, who is from San Antonio, spits out his mouthpiece twice to buy time.
The fight was canceled at 1:49 of round 3
Nunez KOs Alfaro opens the night
Junior lightweight Xavier Nunez started the non-televised portion of the Charlo Castano card on Saturday with a break from David Alfaro in the fourth round in a battle for Texans.
Nunez beat Alfaro, bleeding his nose, and improved to 2-0 with 2 KOs in the 130-pound fight.
Alfaro drops to 1-5 with no knockouts.
Still to come:
Title fight: Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano, 12 rounds, for Charlo’s IBF, WBC and WBA junior middleweight titles and Castano’s WBO junior middleweight titles