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Jermell Charlo becomes the first undisputed light-middleweight champion with tenth round knockout in Brian Castano rematch

Jermell Charlo becomes the first undisputed light-middleweight champion with tenth round knockout in Brian Castano rematch

Jermell Charlo became the first undisputed light-middleweight champion in history by knocking out Brian Castano in Los Angeles last night.

The WBC, WBA and IBF champion captured Castano’s WBO title in sensational fashion in the 10th round when he twice dropped the Argentine before referee Jerry Cantu waved off the fight.

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Charlo became the undisputed light-middleweight champion

Charlo dropped Castano twice in round 10

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Charlo dropped Castano twice in round 10

After some close early rounds, Charlo began to stamp his authority on the bout and was way ahead on the judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

The 31-year-old took his fate out of the hands of the ringside officials when he landed a monstrous left hook in the final stages of round 10.

Castano’s reaction was delayed but he eventually hit the floor and looked wobbly when rising back to his feet.

Charlo seized his moment with a flurry of follow-up shots that once again sent his 32-year-old opponent to the canvas.

Castano was not given the opportunity to beat the count as the referee waved off the bout after five seconds.

Castano rose back to his feet after being dropped but was quickly put down again

Castano rose back to his feet after being dropped but was quickly put down again

Castano was in disbelief after the scores were read out following his first fight with Charlo

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Castano was in disbelief after the scores were read out following his first fight with Charlo


This is not the first time Charlo and Castano have met in the ring.

The light-middleweight duo battled to a split decision draw last July.

It seemed Castano had done enough to win the fight, but one of the judges scored it 117-111 in favour of Charlo, and another scored it a draw, prompting a rematch.

After leaving no doubt in the second fight, Charlo joins Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford Josh Taylor, Oleksandr Usyk, and Canelo Alvarez as one of only seven undisputed champions in the four-belt era.

Charlo admitted immediately after the fight that he did feel nervous ahead…

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