Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano 2 fight results, highlights: Charlo becomes undisputed champ with vicious KO

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The first fight between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano was a thriller with an inconclusive result as the four-belt junior middleweight unification ended in a split draw. The two rematched on Saturday night with both men looking to make a statement. The two did just that as both delivered thrilling moments in the ring before Charlo scored a knockout in Round 10 to become the division's undisputed king.

The fight got off to a delayed start after Castano arrived late to Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California. With Jaron "Boots" Ennis handling business in the co-feature in just two rounds, Castano needed time to have his hands wrapped, work up a sweat and get gloved up.

If the delay in the start of the fight had any impact on Charlo, he did not let it show. Charlo immediately showed some key adjustments to the July 2021 clash with Castano, pumping out a steady diet of jabs and being far less content to stay with his back to the ropes as Castano bulled forward.

Castano would eventually start to find success with his forward movement, landing good right hands in an attempt to shut down Charlo's jab. As Castano found more success, Charlo responded with some heavy left hook counters and the action ramped up dramatically with both men landing brutal power shots.

As the fight moved into the second half, Charlo's movement again took over the fight. Castano was able to let his hands go with success less frequently and Charlo began to clearly key in on his attempt to land a fight-changing left hook.

In Round 10, that left hook finally came as Charlo landed a shot that led Castano to hit the canvas on a delayed knockdown. While Castano beat the count, Charlo stormed forward with a fight-finishing flurry, ending on an uppercut and a left hook to the body.The fight closes out a two-fight rivalry that saw both men show off tremendous heart and skills but ends with Charlo as the man holding four world championships at 154 pounds.

Asked about the delay to start the fight, Charlo brushed off the situation affecting him in any way.

"You know, I'm just getting in there in the fight," Charlo said. "I don't care about being late. I don't care about who's early. Once I get in this place, I have to get it on."

Charlo and Castano exchanged kind words after the fight, with Castano saying the difference between the draw and the knockout loss being simply, "that he hit me."

Having now captured all four world titles at 154 pounds, Charlo suggested his future may be an attempt to do the same one weight class up.

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"This is legacy," Charlo said. "This is something that is legendary. I'm a legend. Thank god. I ain't done, dog. I might move up to 160 and see if I can do it again."

There is one issue with any potential middleweight takeover, however, as Charlo's twin brother Jermall holds the WBC world championship at 160 pounds.

Elsewhere on the card, rising welterweight superstar Jaron "Boots" Ennis returned to the ring with a vicious knockout of former Olympian Custio Clayton. Ennis' jab dominated the action early in the fight. Then, in Round 2, Clayton attempted to duck under incoming fire from Ennis only to be caught with a big right hand behind the ear. Ennis moved to 29-0 with 27 knockouts on his resume.

CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below. 

Fight card, results

  • Jermell Charlo (c) def. Brian Castano via 10th-round TKO
  • Jaron Ennis def. Custio Clayton via second-round knockout
  • Kevin Gonzalez def. Emanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (96-64, 97-93, 98-92)

Charlo vs. Castano 2 scorecard, live coverage

Round123456789101112Total
Charlo 1010 10 9 10 9 10 9 10 TKO

87
Castano 9 9 9 10 9 10 9 10 9


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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 10: Castano came out aggressively, landing a few left hands before Charlo fired back with some heavy counters. Standing toe-to-toe again, both men landing good shots though Castano got the better of the exchange. Castano again landed a nice combination inside pushing Charlo back to the ropes again as he continued to pour on pressure. Big shot from Charlo and Castano down on a delayed reaction. Castano got to his feet but his legs were clearly not there! Another knockdown by Charlo seconds later and the fight was over as Charlo closed the show and left no doubt! Official result: Jermell Charlo def. Brian Castano via TKO, Round 10

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 9: Charlo connected with a nice combination early and again countered with the left hook as Castano tried to push forward. Charlo tagged Castano with a good straight right hand counter. Castano continued trying to walk forward but his output had been dropping during his moments of pressure. Charlo moved well, landing good power shots as he slid around the outside of the right. Charlo landed some big left hands and an uppercut Castano landed a few good shots late but likely not enough to steal the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Charlo (87-84 Charlo)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 8: Castano looked a bit hesitant to engage early, pushing Charlo back to the ropes and waiting on counter opportunities Charlo wasn't providing until Castano finally landed a big right hand. Castano managed to finally trap Charlo against the ropes and land a few punches but Charlo countered with a three-punch combination. Castano again put Charlo in the ropes late and landed a few good body shots before Charlo went upstairs with a hook. Castano landed a few good punches late in a very close round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Castano (77-75 Charlo)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 7: A slightly slower opening minute to the round as Castano walked forward, pawing with his lead hand and Charlo circled and popped off the jab. Massive left from Charlo briefly buckled Castano's legs. Castano struggled for most of the round to track Charlo down, the lack of action benefiting Charlo well as he had all the big moments in the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Charlo (68-65 Charlo)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 6: Castano was right back on his pressure game early but Charlo landed good counters early in the round. Charlo slipped Castano shots and landed a few more heavy blows before Castano landed his own right hand. Castano landed a massive right hand and a second before Charlo fired back. Castano started to pour it on, sending Charlo backward even as he fired his own counters back. More big shots in the final moments as Castano tags Charlo. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Castano (58-56 Charlo)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 5: Castano landed a good right hand early and Charlo went to the body with a left hand. Charlo tagged Castano with a three-punch combination that backed Castano off momentarily. Castano landed a flurry against the ropes before Charlo landed a big left hand counter. Castano landed a massive right and a big left hook. Charlo took the blows and fired back with heat of his own. Tremendous action from both men. Charlo landed a massive uppercut and Castano went backward, clearly hurt before charging in with a right hand. Great, great action. The Charlo uppercut may have edge the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Charlo (49-46 Charlo)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 4: Castano laned a big left hand to the head as Charlo connected to the body and both men then stood toe-to-toe and traded punches. Castano landed a big right and threw some flurries before Charlo clinched to break the rhythm. More big exchanges followed, both men landing well but Castano was doing much better in these rounds of getting Charlo to the ropes again. Castano connected with some big flurries against the ropes as they punched to the bell. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Castano (39-37 Charlo)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 3: Again, Charlo pumped the jab in the early moments of the round, trying to keep Castano from being able to walk him down. Castano managed to pin Charlo to the ropes but Chrlo clinched to force the break. Castano landed a good right hand as Charlo found himself near the ropes a bit more often in the round than in the opening two. Charlo landed a massive uppercut as Castano threw a lead hook to the body. Both men connected with hard left hands as the action continued to pick up. Castano landed some really solid punches as he trapped Charlo against the ropes again. A very close round but one Charlo seemed to edge out. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Charlo (30-27)

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Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano -- Round 2: Charlo landed good shots to the body in the opening seconds in the round before Castano fired his own body shot. Castano landed a right hand as he started to try and walk Charlo down. Still, Charlo kept landing heavy punches when Castano was stuck on the outside. Another big right hand landed for Charlo and he followed with a big left hook as Castano struggled to get into range with Charlo's reach and footwork. Charlo again dug to the ribs with a heavy hook before Castano landed a big left late. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Charlo (20-18)

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