WBO junior middleweight champion Brian Castano claimed that he won his fight against Jermell Charlo, despite the bout being scored a split-decision draw on Saturday night.
IBF, WBA and WBC belt holder Charlo’s defence of his own straps appeared a little hollow when a judge gave him a 117-111 win despite the other two (114-113, and 114-114) pointing to a much less clearcut outcome.
While Charlo is likely to defend his IBF against his mandatory Bakhram Murtazliev in his next fight, and Tim Tszyu is chasing down Castano, meaning a rematch is unlikely in the near future, if at all.
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Speaking after the fight, Boxing Scene reported Castano as claiming: “I won the fight.
“There were some rounds that he did hit me and he hit me hard. But I won this fight."
The Argentine admitted it was not an easy fight, admitting Charlo had landed some blows.
“I was hurt in the tenth round and I had to recoup,” conceded Castano. “Same with the beginning of the eleventh round. But I did enough to win this fight. I hope I get the rematch. He is a great fighter. I need the rematch.”