Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano – Main Event, Undercard, Preview and Predictions

Published 07/12/2021, 2:09 PM EDT
BROOKLYN, NY – APRIL 22: Jermell Charlo defeats Charles Hatley by TKO in the 6th in their WBC Junior Middleweight fight. Charlo is shown here at the end of the fight in victory. April 22, 2017 at The Barclays Center April 22, 2017 (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

This Saturday, unified WBC, WBA and IBF 154 lbs champion Jermell Charlo will face WBO world champion, Brian Castano. Jermell Charlo is now looking to secure the undisputed status at the super middleweight division.


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All four belts at 154 lbs are now on the line for both fighters; watching Charlo and Castano fight for the throne on July 17th at the AT&T Center in San Antonio in a PBC event will intrigue all fans of the sport.

While the Charlo-Castano clash will be the center of attraction, there are two other fights on the same card that seem promising.


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After his initial matchup with Austin Dulay fell through because of a knee injury, Interim WBA Lightweight champion Rolando Romero will now face Sweden’s Anthony Yigit in a 12-round co-feature.

Also, unbeaten middleweight Amilcar Vidal will face veteran contender Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round telecast opener.

  1. Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano (Super Middleweight)
  2. Rolando Romero vs Anthony Yigit (Lightweight)
  3. Amilcar Vidal vs Immanuwel Aleem (Middleweight)

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Tickets for the event are now available on the AT&T Center website.

Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano will fight for all the marbles on July 17th. The winner of this bout would unify the super middleweight division and secure the undisputed status.

Jermell Charlo (34-1-0) has just one unanimous decision loss on his record against Tony Harrison in 2019. He made a strong comeback by knocking out Jeison Rosario in round 8 and unified his belts.

Jermell Charlo is the current betting favorite in his upcoming bout against Castano because of his in-ring experience. Charlo is dangerous inside the ring; the Rosario 8th round finish proved that he holds immense knockout power and striking accuracy.

Brian Castano holds a clean and undefeated record of 17-0-1. He secured his WBO title in February 2021 with a UD win over Patrick Teixeira. Being at the top of the ladder, Charlo has faced tougher opponents in comparison.

However, in just 18 bouts, Castano has also faced some of the toughest names in the division like Michel Soro, Wale Omotoso, Patrick Teixeira, and the former champ Erislandy Lara.

Prediction – Jermell Charlo wins via TKO in Round 7. 

Rolando Romero vs Anthony Yigit

The initial matchup between Rolando Romero (13-0-0 – 11 KOs) and Austin Dulay fell through earlier this week because of Dulay’s knee injury.

Anthony Yigit (24-1-1 – 8 KOs) stepped in as a last-minute replacement. Romero won the WBA Interim lightweight title against Jackson Marinez in 2020 and defended it against Avery Sparrow earlier this year.

Even though Yigit has a higher win record, Romero is still undefeated and has a higher KO rate in comparison. Anthony Yigit is best known for his 2018 defeat against Ivan Baranchyk, which left him a swollen eye.

He has returned stronger since then by winning three in a row. However, Yigit has been inactive since 2019 after his last fight with Siar Ozgul.

Prediction – Rolando Romero wins by decision. 

Amilcar Vidal vs Immanuwel Aleem

Amilcar Vidal (12-0-0 – 11 KOs) and Immanuwel Aleem (18-2-2 – 11 KOs) will face each other in a middleweight bout on the undercard of Charlo vs Castano. Vidal is the younger fighter, has a 92% knockout rate, and has a size and reach advantage over his opponent.

Aleem has had more fights and wins and holds a 62% KO rate. While he is the more experienced fighter, Aleem has been inactive since 2019 and Vidal has been active throughout in comparison.


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Vidal is an explosive striker and has finished 11 opponents in his 12 fights. For that reason, Amilcar Vidal could have an upper hand in the fight.

Prediction – Amilcar Vidal wins via KO in Round 5. 

What are your predictions for this Saturday?


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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.