On what was a return to normalcy in the boxing world, a weekend that featured multiple big fight cards on both sides of the Atlantic. A weekend that featured a little bit of everything for fights fans, a shocking upset of the year type of upset, a highly controversial decision in a bull vs matador type fight, a highly competitive draw, and two resurgent veterans putting on highly entertaining performances. However, one performance was so impressive and so thoroughly dominant it supersedes all others. Brian “El Boxi” Castano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, handed in an offensive masterpiece pitched a near 12-round shoutout to capture the WBO Jr Middleweight title, move his undefeated record to 17-0-1 (12), capture our Fighter of the Week award as well likely secure himself a huge payday in his next outing against one of any of the premier PBC names in the loaded 154-pound division.
Entering the ring at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California Castano had already amassed a fairly decent resume for a fighter just 17 fights in. A draw with Lara and wins over Omotoso, Vitu, and Soro are more than solid resume for a veteran of just 17 fights. However, as DAZN commentator Serio Mora said not much is known about Castano. That unknown of just had good the Argentine is, was perhaps Castano’s best weapon as he swarmed Teixeira from the opening bell on. Jabbing his way in and unleashing pinpoint accurate power shots that systematically broke the champion down. Starting with a solid right hand, that buzzed the champion late in the first round. The challenger poured on the power shots throughout battering him up against the ropes in the third and had the champ in some trouble for the first time in the third. The champ again found himself in some trouble in the seventh as A left hand by Castano sent Teixeira into the corner 30 seconds into the seventh round. The only question was whether or not Teixieira was going to last the distance. As Castano continued to keep the pressure on he nearly got the stoppage midway through the final stanza as he landed a thudding right to Teixeira’s body and followed it up with a ripping left uppercut that made Teixeira turn away from him and retreat with approximately 1:20 to go in the bout. Like a champ, Teixeira fought valiantly and survived the final bell. However, the decision was academic and one-sided as the Argentine captured the WBO belt by unanimous scorecards of 120-108 119-109 and 117-111.
Amongst boxing hardcore, Castano has been a hidden jewel for quite some time, however, given his latest performance the cat Is out of the bag with “El Boxi”. The newly minted champ is now without a doubt the number two man in the division. A fight with any of the top names on the PBC side would be intriguing. Fights, with Hurd, JRock, Lubin, Rosario, or a rematch with Lara would no doubt be compelling. However, there is certainly one fight, the fight for total supremacy in the division, the trumps all others. Charlo-Castano is not just only the best and most fan-friendly fight that can be made in the division, it is perhaps the most important fight in the history of the division as it would crown an undisputed four-belt champion in perhaps and would do so in perhaps the most loaded era of the Jr Middleweight division. Luckily, for fight fans, both combatants seem willing and eager to make this fight happen for summer of 2021.