Via Jim Calfa: WBO junior middleweight champion Brian Castano weighed 153.75 lbs, and IBF/WBA/WBC champion Jermell Charlo hit 152.75 lbs in the weight division on Friday for this Saturday night rematch for undisputed 154 lb championship at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Showtime Championship Boxing will air the cards at 9:00 p.m. ET.
During the confrontation, Charlo was staring menacingly at Castano while chewing gum rapidly, showing how nervous he was. Compared to the last time the two boxers fought in July last year, Jermell was much more mature, choosing not to growl.
This time, Charlo gave Castano a malicious look and continued to stare at him after the Argentinian turned away to face the crowd. Both boxers wore their country’s flags on their shoulders as they posed for media photos.
Last July, Castano & Jermell fought a 12-round draw in San Antonio, Texas. Castano managed to overtake and knock Jermell down, but the umpires didn’t give him the win. This time around, we can only hope the judges don’t screw it up again.
In the same-feature competition, the heavyweights Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis war Custio Clayton in the 147-lb IBF de-header. Ennis weighed 146.2 lbs, and Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs) weighed 146.6 lbs.
The winner of the Ennis vs. Clayton will be a must-have for IBF heavyweight champion Errol Spence Jr. However, Spence is expected to vacate his title soon if he doesn’t lose the undisputed 147 lb championship to WBO champion Terence Crawford.
“Boys [Charlo & Castano] look in good shape. They are not as big as I thought,” said Tim Tszyu Against TV Hubtalks about how IBF/WBA/WBO junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and WBO champion Brian Castano looked at Friday’s weigh-in.
“Charlo has a small waist, and Castano is beautiful and has a thick body. You can see Charlo looks taller,” continued Tszyu. “They look mentally ready.
“I feel like Charlo is better prepared for this fight, and I feel he can adapt,” Tim said as he gave Jermell the advantage over Castano in their rematch on Saturday night.
“He [Charlo] got really close in the final skirmish in taking him down, and I feel like he’ll have the better edge this time around. But Castano is a horse, and he can bring pressure.
“Also, as everyone knows, when you bring that kind of pressure, you also have a lot of shots. I think this time, Charlo will take advantage of it.
“Me and Castano will be an all-out fight because I’m not coming back, and he’s not coming back either. It will be a classic, I believe. With Charlo, it’s more strategic.
“You have to be smart because he has that one-punch power, and he’s not busy. Tszyu said.