Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano: Air time and how to watch WBA light middleweight championship
The Ironman of boxing, aka Jermall Charlo, is about to defend his longstanding title as World Boxing Association (WBA) champion since 2019. On the opposite end of the ring will be Brian Castano, also the holder of the WBA interim light middleweight world champion title, from 2016 to 2018. With tension and anticipation on the rise, the upcoming WBA bout is something fans will not want to miss. The winner will become the first undisputed light middleweight champion since Winky Wright in 2004, as well as the first in the four-belt era. So, the boxers are leaving nothing to chance as they gear up for the fight.
Arriving in the wake of the still talked about Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr fight from May, the Charlo-Castano face off has already garnered quite the buzz on Twitter. And that makes sense, simply because of the praise-worthy way Charlo has been able to hold his title since he regained it with a technical knockout victory against Tony Harrison in 2019. Charlo was then able to unify the light-middleweight division with a knockout victory against WBA (Super) and IBF champion Jeison Rosario in 2020, thereby becoming the recipient of the vacant Ring magazine title.
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After Charlo's win, reigning WBO champion Patrick Teixeira expressed a wish to fight him for the undisputed championship. But his biggest hurdle in the process proved to be his WBO mandatory challenger Castaño who emerged victorious via unanimous decision following their February fight. Castano also heated things up by commenting at the time: "Teixeira is a great fighter. But when I win this fight, I want to fight with [Jermell] Charlo next. He's a great fighter, the fights with him pay good and he has three titles. After this, he is my next victim." So without further ado, read on to find out all you need to know about this match every boxing fan has their calenders marked with.
Officially announced on April 15, 2021, the Charlo vs Castano fight will take place on July 17, 2021, at AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas. Showtime will air the match on the same day from 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, meaning viewers in the USA can watch it directly on cable.
How to watch?
The match will also be live-streamed on the Showtime app, so subscribed users in the US can tune in to watch the fight as it happens from the comfort of their homes. Those in Australia will be able to live stream the match only on July 18 at 11 am AEST, on FOX Sports on Kayo. Fans from the UK, Austria, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Holland along with all other countries can stream the match on FITE TV, although some territories are excluded from being granted access to the streaming portal. Those looking for respective start times needn't worry as it's all available on the event broadcast page.
Odds for title win
With Charlo defending his WBA title against Castano, Twitter is hopeful for the reigning champion. One Twitter user analyzed the upcoming match, sharing: "I like Charlo to weather the early storm and eventually catch Castano down the stretch. Charlo is an excellent puncher and Castano gets hit too much. Good fight though." Another fan of the champ tweeted: "Charlo’s key to winning this fight and stopping Castano is when Castano comes in low and then starts to open up then Charlo has to punch with him. The speed and the power is with Charlo and that’s the stoppage right there." One fan explained their support for Charlo, tweeting: "I really rate Castano he was an unbelievable amateur as well. Hard as nails like most Argentinian fighters. I too am going for Charlo points but if he fights like he did in the 1st Harrison fight God knows. Castano a really good outside bet." Another showed the title-hopeful Castano some benefit of doubt, by writing: "I give Castano a chance but doubt he'll get the decision. I think Charlo on points. [sic] really looking forward to it."
I like Charlo to weather the early storm and eventually catch Castano down the stretch. Charlo is an excellent puncher and Castano gets hit too much. Good fight though.— Boxing - Sean Magee (@Draven1sm) July 16, 2021
Charlo’s key to winning this fight and stopping Castano is when Castano comes in low and then starts to open up then Charlo has to punch with him. The speed and the power is with Charlo and that’s the stoppage right there. #CharloCastano— Boxing Nutz (@PaulDav06482018) July 16, 2021
I really rate Castano he was an unbelievable amateur as well. Hard as nails like most Argentinian fighters. I too am going for Charlo points but if he fights like he did in the 1st Harrison fight God knows. Castano a really good outside bet.— Luigi Pelosi (@Trinacria13) July 16, 2021
I think it will be a very good fight Luigi, I give Castano a chance but doubt he'll get the decision. I think Charlo on points. Like you, really looking forward to it. Your thoughts?— Gary Graham (@GaryGra20623363) July 16, 2021