Fight Week Preview

Fight fans have just one major card to mark down on their calendars this week, but it’s a fantastic one! The battle for undisputed supremacy of the 154-pound division comes to the Lone Star State. When Texas native and WBC, WBO, and IBF unified world champion Jermell Charlo steps into the ring in San Antonio against WBO world champion, the undefeated, Brian Castano of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two will look to unify all four major recognized belts and join undisputed lightweight Teofimo Lopez as the only other undisputed champion in the sport. Charlo, 34-1 (18) is a two-time Super welterweight champion. He lost his WBC belt to Tony Harrison in December of 2018 and regained the belt when he stopped Harrison in 2019. He then added the WBA and IBF belts when he stopped Jeison Rosario with a single body shot in the 8th round f their unification fight in Connecticut last September. He battles the all-around offensive juggernaut Brian Castano 17-0-(1). Castano’s lone blemish, a draw with the legendary Erislandy Lara, back in March of 2019. In a fight, many, if not most thought that Castano deserved the nod in. He came roaring back and has scored two highly impressive victories since the Lara draw. Stopping veteran Wale Omotoso, in Oxon Hill, Maryland back in November of 2019. The Argentinian then captured the WBO world title when he destroyed Patrick Teixeira over 12 brutal rounds to win the vacant WBO belt. A belt was vacated by Jaime Munguia when he let the belt go and moved up to the middleweight division.

Charlo vs Castano heads to San Antonio on July 17, undercard announced -  Bad Left Hook

The co-main event features two young 140-pounders in an intriguing match-up. Undefeated, Mayweather Boxing Club protege, Rolando “Rolly” Romero battles Swedish contender Anthony Yigit. Yigit burst onto the scene when he outclassed Joe Hughes to capture the EBU 140-pound title. He went on to be stopped by Ivan Baranchyk, for the vacant IBF title in his only world title fight. That was in late 2018 and the Swede went on to fight three times in 2019 and won all three fights including one by stoppage to move his record to 24-1-1 (8). He has been in action for 25 months mainly due to the pandemic. Romero, 13-0 (11) has two highly impressive wins over talented prospects. He outpointed Jackson Marinez back in August of 2020, in what a tougher than expected scrap, and then went on and blew out Avery Sparrow in January on the undercard of Angelo Leo vs Stephen Fulton. Yigit is certainly the most experienced fighter Rolly has been in the ring with.

12 Rounds With ... Rolando Romero

The card features two other highly touted prospects. Amilcar Vidal of Montevideo, Uruguay, is a knockout artist coming off a sensational second-round knockout of Eddie “The Hunter” Ortiz in a battle of undefeated Middleweights back in November of 2020. He takes the biggest challenge of his career against long-time middleweight contender in the slick boxing and highly-skilled Immanuwel Aleem. Aleem sports an 18-2-2 record and is extremely battle-tested. He has scored draws with former world title challenger Matvey Korobov as well he has a draw with Demond Nicholson. Plus a very close majority decision loss to Ronald Ellis in his last outing back in December of 2019. The card also features former amateur stand-out and now 1-0 (1) professional Xavier Nunez of Corpus Christi, Texas. Nunez, an 18-year-old southpaw had a spectacular amateur career and competes in the crowded featherweight division. A lightning-quick volume puncher, he is being fast-tracked to a world title shot.


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