Fighter of the Week: Jermell Charlo

It was a big weekend for the state of Texas! The Dallas Mavericks defeated the defending western conference finals champs in game seven and moved on to the Western Conference finals and Jermell Charlo captured the undisputed 154-pound crown. After coming up just short in the first fight with Charlo at the Alamodome in San Antonio and setting for a hotly disputed draw, Charlo, of Houston, Texas, took the matter out of the hands of the judges and scored a brutal 10th round stoppage to defend his three straps, take Castano, of Argentina, WBO belt. In addition, moved his record to 35-1-1 (19),  became the first man ever to unify all four belts in the 154-pound division, became the first Texan to become undisputed in the four-belt era, takes home our Fighter of the Week award, and continues his impressive streak of having beaten every man he has ever been in the ring with. 

Charlo is certainly better in rematches, reminiscent of Evander Holyfield, he seamlessly fixes those issues and is far better in the rematch. Charlo needed to be better, most thought that Castano deserved the nod in last year’s shootout at the Alamo, and the Texan was certainly better.  After a feeling-out process over the first six minutes, a fight broke out in the third round with Castaño striking the Texan with heavy artillery. Rounds four through six featured tremendous back and forth action bringing the capacity crowd to its feet and favoring the Argentine fighter. Charlo, who appeared to be breaking down, found his second wind, turned the tide, got going in round seven, followed up with a great eighth and ninth rounds, and did not let off the gas. With both fighters trading heavy blows in the tenth, it became abundantly clear we weren’t going to the cards tonight. Charlo scored with a vicious uppercut that stunned Castaño and dropped him on a delayed reaction. Castaño got up in no condition to continue but the referee allowed him to fight on. Charlo immediately jumped on Castaño and unloaded on him until he slumped down again, leading the referee to finally stop the fight.

Twin Charlo is going to have a litany of options in the loaded 154-pound division. The most attractive would be the winner of the potential Spence/Crawford fight, both fighters have expressed interest in the fight. The obvious issue is would Spence really fight his friend and stablemate? There are a ton of good up-and-coming fighters in the 154-pound division that are knocking on the door of a world title fight, including Jesus Ramos, Sebastian Fundora, and Tim Tszyu. Not only are those fights intriguing, they are also all PBC fighters extremely makeable!  The issue is they aren’t extremely lucrative. They are much more for the hardcore. The other option is to move up to 160. He could move up to 160 and fight for that title, by their rules, that belt is currently held by Andrade, however, Boo Boo plans on vacating that belt and moving up to 168. Munguia is currently ranked number one by the organization and that would be an extremely intriguing match if that was called may be his most lucrative option if a Spence/Crawford winner fight is not in the cards. 

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