What’s Next for Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano?

Published 07/18/2021, 1:44 AM EDT


154 lbs world champions- Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano went on a war against each other. They engaged in one of the most gruesome encounters of recent times. However, it didn’t bring them anything, as the fight ended in a controversial split decision draw. While Charlo didn’t see himself losing, the official scorecard revealed that the super-welterweight division would not have an undisputed champion tonight.

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Hence, the historic main event ended without an official winner on board. That said, the fight leaves the door open to several more possibilities. But what does it do to Brian Castano’s and Jermell Charlo’s combat future?

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Not to forget, they still have their respective world titles around the waist. ‘Iron Man’ Charlo holds the WBC, WBA (super), and IBF super welterweight titles. Meanwhile, Brian Castano also has his WBO strap. Hence, there are many moves that might allure the champions to re-appear in action shortly.

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Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano 2

The intense first fight clearly validates a rematch between them. Even if it doesn’t happen instantly, Charlo vs Castano 2 would be thrilling to watch. Besides, the fight would also resurrect the undisputed clash at 154 lbs. Meanwhile, the close challenge would help to promote the second collision.

Hence, it might also be a PPV success. As legacy and glory would all fall under the bracket, this rematch needs to happen for obvious reasons. Furthermore, Charo and Castano may also have their individual plans from this point.

Jermell Charlo vs Erislandy Lara

As Lara holds the WBA (regular) 154 lbs title, he can bring ‘Iron Man’ into another undisputed unification clash in the future. As Lara already fought Castano to a split decision draw in 2019, he may not want to rematch Castano at this point.

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)

But a fight against Jermell Charlo would be tricky and big. Besides legacy, it would add financial success to Lara’s name. Moreover, Charlo can also dream of becoming an undisputed champion again by going against a top-tier opponent. So, it’s one fight that makes absolute sense right now.

Title defenses and mandatory contenders

Both Charlo and Castano have their respective mandatory opponents. While they continue to reign as champions, they will never run out of rivals. Hence, several big names might periodically pop up before them. From Ismail Madrimov to Sebastian Fundora, there’s a long list of opponents waiting in the wings.

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These opponents can be brutal reality checks for them. Tonight’s fight was the biggest sample of it, as it saw an experienced Jermell Charlo struggle against the undefeated and lesser experienced Brian Castano.

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What do you think would be the next best moves for Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano? Is the undisputed rematch the next fight to make?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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