Via Allan Fox: WBO junior middleweight champion Brian Castano said he wants to defend against the next Errol Spence Jr if he beats IBF/WBA/WBC 154-lb champion Jermell Charlo this Saturday night.
Renowned WBO champ Castano has been planning his next moves beyond his match against Charlo, perhaps knowing how much he can earn to defend his title against superstar Spence (28-0). , 22 KOs) if he gains weight by the end of game five.
It would have been better for the sport of boxing if Castano had won Saturday night against Jermell, as it would open up the possibility of a fight with Spence.
Given Jermell’s close friends with Spence, it’s unlikely that those two boxers will fight in the future. Charlo has ruled out a fight between him and Spence will happen because he considers him like his brother.
For Castano to position himself for a lucrative fight against Spence, he has to beat Charlo on Saturday, and that won’t be easy.
The two fought to draw 12 rounds last July in San Antonio, Texas, and it was an equally tough match for both champions.
Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) and Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) are making headlines on Showtime on Saturday, May 14, for the undisputed 154 lb championship at the Congregation. Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
“If I beat Charlo, I want to fight Spence,” Castano said to media on Thursday about his plans after this Saturday night’s fight with Jermell Charlo.
A fight between Castano and Spence would be really interesting for the boxing public, as both guys are known to be capable of mass attacks with their relentless punches.
“Charlo, you get ready because I will be after you, so you should be ready for that,” said Castano. “It’s totally empowering because it gives you momentum before a battle,” Castano said, saying that Jermell was saying it was America vs. Argentina in this war.
“This is the moment you dream of. My family and friends are here. What better way to get to the top of what I’m trying to achieve than with them here.
“He can say whatever he wants. I might be less concerned if he wanted to get rid of me,” Castano said in response to Jermell’s comments about wanting to stop him. “Go out there and see if he can take my penalty for 12 innings.
“The disrespect he has for a fellow athlete bothers me. He said a lot of things that I thought were out of place. I don’t know why he’s edematous, screaming and nervous. I wanted him to show that energy in the ring,” Castano said.