Charlo knocks out Castano to claim undisputed crown
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what a sequence by charlo!!! he closed it out pic.twitter.com/8W6aZdGBAL— 🇵🇷 (@jdogg21PR) May 15, 2022
A powerful left jerked Castano's head back violently and another punishing left to the body sent him to the deck for the final time.
"This is unbelievable," Charlo said. "I gave it my all and that was the end result of it. This was nerve-wracking. It felt like my first fight, where you get nervous. I had ants in my pants.
- Exclusive club -
Charlo's win elevates him to an exclusive club of fighters. He is only the seventh boxer to hold all four belts from the major sanctioning bodies -- WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO –- at the same time.
The six men to do it before are Bernard Hopkins (middleweight), Jermain Taylor (middleweight), Terence Crawford (super lightweight), Oleksandr Usyk (cruiserweight), Josh Taylor (super lightweight) and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (super middleweight).
On Saturday, it looked as if both men were unwilling to risk leaving it to the judge's cards again in a fight that erupted from the opening bell.
Both boxers landed heavy shots in the first six rounds, with very little to choose between either man.
"I listened to my corner this time," Charlo said. "I saw that he was wearing down a little bit and I was breaking him down. I just saw my punches being more effective."
The Argentine did well to get back to his feet but was unable to respond when Charlo unleashed a final combination that sent him to the canvas once more.
"I was pretty sure he was going to get back up because it was only the first knockdown -- but I knew it was over,” Charlo said afterward.
Castano, meanwhile, paid tribute to his victorious opponent.
"Everything that happened in the ring tonight, we showed that we are warriors," he said. "That’s the main thing. We have to feed our families.
"We both were fighting back-and-forth. It was power back-and-forth and then his right hand came over and stopped the fight. He's a champion. He hit me. He got me. But I'm okay."