SANTA MONICA, California – Brian Castano and Jermell Charlo now know who will officially score their immediate rematch Saturday night.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the California State Athletic Commission, after careful consideration, has assigned three American judges to score their 12-round, 154-pound title fight at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Connecticut’s Glenn Feldman, Oklahoma’s David Sutherland and California’s Zachary Young will score Castano-Charlo, the main event of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” tripleheader.
California’s Jerry Cantu has been selected as the referee for a fight that, barring another draw or a no-contest, will crown boxing’s first undisputed 154-pound champion of the sport’s four-belt era.
Buenos Aires’ Castano, 32, and Houston’s Charlo, 31, will fight for Charlo’s IBF, WBA and WBC championships and Castano’s WBO belt. Their first fight resulted in a controversial split draw last July 17 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, which placed even more emphasis than usual on the selection of judges for their 12-round rematch.
Feldman has judged four of Charlo’s championship bouts, including his eighth-round knockout of John Jackson in May 2016 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Charlo trailed by the same score, 69-64, on the cards of Feldman, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti when he came back to knock out St. Thomas’ Jackson and won the then-vacant WBC super welterweight title.
Feldman had Charlo ahead 67-64 when he knocked out the Dominican Republic’s Jeison Rosario in the eighth round of their title unification fight in September 2020 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Two bouts before Charlo defeated Rosario, Charlo trailed 20-18 on Feldman’s card before he knocked out Mexico’s Jorge Cota in the third round of their June 2019 fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Feldman was previously assigned to Charlo’s mandated WBC title defense against Orlando’s Erickson Lubin, which Charlo won by first-round knockout in October 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Sutherland most recently had Charlo ahead of Tony Harrison, 96-93, when Charlo knocked out Detroit’s Harrison in the 11th round of their rematch in December 2019 at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
Sutherland worked one Charlo bout before his rematch with Harrison. He scored Charlo a 58-56 winner of that six-rounder against Vito Gasparyan in August 2009 at Toyota Center in Houston.
Young has not judged any of Charlo’s 36 professional fights, but he scored Castano a 117-111 winner over Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira in their 12-round fight for Teixeira’s WBO 154-pound title in February 2021 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Neither Feldman nor Sutherland have judged any of Castano’s 19 professional fights.
Two judges, Nevada’s Tim Cheatham (114-114) and New Jersey’s Steve Weisfeld (114-113 for Castano), scored their closely contested fight accordingly on July 17. The third judge, Puerto Rico’s Nelson Vazquez, oddly scored nine rounds for Charlo, 117 -111.
Charlo won each of the last three rounds on all three scorecards to render the official result a split draw.
CompuBox credited Castano for landing only 22 more punches overall than Charlo (173-of-586 to 151-of-533). According to CompuBox’s unofficial statistics, Castano connected with more power punches (164-of-400 to 98-of-246) and Charlo landed more jabs (53-of-287 to 9-of-186).
Castano survived severe trouble during the 10th round, but he withstood Charlo’s power thereafter and finished his fight on strong legs.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.