JERMELL CHARLO AGAINST. BRIAN CASTAÑO AN UNDISPUTED SUPER-Middleweight CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS AT DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK IN CARSON, CALIF. SATURDAY MAY 14


JERMELL CHARLO AGAINST. BRIAN CASTAÑO AN UNDISPUTED SUPER-Middleweight CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS AT DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK IN CARSON, CALIF. SATURDAY MAY 14

PhilBoxing.com
Tue, 05 April 2022

CARSON, CA. – March 30, 2022 – Unified WBC, WBA and IBF world champion Jermell Charlo and WBO world champion Brian Castaño will meet in a rematch of one of the most important fights of 2021 as they once again seek to become the first undisputed 154-pound champion in the four-belt era on Saturday, May 14 live on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson to headline a Premier Boxing Champions event. Charlo vs. Castaño II had previously been announced for March 19, but was postponed after Castaño injured his arm in training.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and will feature rising welterweight star and pound-for-pound talent Jaron “Boots” Ennis taking on undefeated Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton in an IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator in the co-main one event. As the telecast begins, Mexican contender Kevin González puts his undefeated record on the line against Puerto Rico’s Emanuel Rivera in a 10-round super bantamweight attraction.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions and Lions Only Promotions, go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, March 31 at 12 p.m. PT and can be purchased at AXS.com. Ennis vs Clayton is promoted in association with D&D Boxing.

“Saturday, May 14 will feature a scintillating card live on SHOWTIME as fans can enjoy three high-stakes bouts topped by the highly anticipated Undisputed Championship rematch between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño,” said Tom Brown, President. of TGB Promotions. . “Charlo and Castaño proved once again that they are true warriors by stepping straight into this rematch that fans around the world have been demanding after the conclusion of their dramatic and unforgettable first fight. Now rabid sports fans from Southern California and who watch live on SHOWTIME will have a front-row seat to what is shaping up to be an exceptional sequel at Dignity Health Sports Park, a venue renowned for hosting all-action competitions.

In an instant classic, Charlo and Castaño faced off for a grueling 12 rounds on July 17, 2021 on SHOWTIME, the back-and-forth ending in a split-decision draw. Each fighter thought they had done enough to raise their hands in the first fight and will be looking to leave no doubt in the rematch.

Houston’s Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) became a unified champion in September 2020, dropping Jeison Rosario three times en route to an eighth-round knockout that won him the WBA and IBF titles. Prior to this fight, Charlo had avenged the only loss of his career, reclaiming his WBC belt via an 11th round knockout of Tony Harrison in one of the best fights of 2019. The 31-year-old is coached by Derrick James in Dallas and won his first world title in his first fight with James by scoring an eighth-round knockout of John Jackson in 2016. He followed that victory with three successful defenses, knocking out Erickson Lubin and Charles Hatley, and earning a decision over the former world champion Austin Trout. Charlo returns to the same stadium where he won his first fight in 12 rounds in a victory over Demetrius Hopkins in 2013.

“I’m the unified champion and I have business to finish,” Charlo said. “My total goal as a kid was to win every belt as a professional and I plan to make history again on May 14th, in front of my fans on the West Coast and around the world. If you know, you know I don’t take opportunities lightly – Lions Only, now is the time! Be sure to tune in May 14th.

The 32-year-old Castaño (17-0-2, 12 KOs) put on a spectacular performance to win the WBO title in February 2021, as he topped Patrick Teixeira to snatch the belt via unanimous decision. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, a win for Castaño on May 14 would be a monumental achievement in Argentine boxing history. Before winning his title, Castaño fought to a draw against two-division world champion Erislandy Lara in an action bout in 2019. He also boasts triumphs over Michel Soro, Cédric Vitu and Wale Omotoso. A highly experienced amateur, Castaño picked up victories over unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and top middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko before turning professional.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to face Charlo again for the four titles,” Castaño said. “It’s champion against champion, as it should be. The first battle was a great war. The rematch will be no different, but this time I won’t leave it in the hands of the judges. This is my time, and I’m going to prove it.

Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs) is the latest in Philadelphia’s pantheon of outstanding fighters, combining sublime boxing skills with natural two-handed power. After numerous appearances on SHOBOX: The New Generation, 24-year-old Ennis headlined his first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING TV show in April 2021, as he became the first fighter to stop the former boxing champion. world Sergey Lipinets. He followed that performance up with an impressive first-round stoppage of veteran Thomas Dulorme in October. The knockout win gave Ennis 18 knockouts in his last 19 fights, with the only blemish being a first-round no-decision against Chris van Heerden in December 2020.

“I can’t wait for this fight,” Ennis said. “This one means a lot to me. It’s another step towards the title of world champion. It’s my time. Camp is going really well and I can’t wait to shine and put on a spectacular performance on May 14th. It’s time for me to keep making big statements.

2012 Canadian Olympian Clayton (19-0-1, 12 KOs) fights in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will compete in the United States for the third consecutive time on May 14. The 34-year-old impressed on his United States debut. in 2020, stepping in as a late substitute to fight former world champion Sergey Lipinets to a draw on SHOWTIME. Clayton recently won a 10-round unanimous decision over Cameron Krael in December 2021. He also boasts wins in 2019 over former champion DeMarcus Corley and Johan Perez, in addition to a 12-round win over then-undefeated Stephen Danyo in 2018.

“I love a challenge and I know I have a real one on May 14 against Jaron Ennis,” Clayton said. “That’s why I’m in this sport, to fight the best. When I prove myself against Ennis, no one will be able to deny me a chance at the belts.

The 24-year-old González (24-0-1, 13 KOs) will make his United States debut when he challenges Rivera on May 14 in Carson. A native of Sinaloa, Mexico, González has been fighting professionally since 2016 and owns a unanimous decision over former title challenger Ivan Morales in March 2021. González won a regional 122-pound title by stopping Alexander Mejia in July 2021, finishing the fight in Round Seven. Most recently, Gonzalez scored a first-round TKO against Antonio Guzman in December 2021.

“I’m very happy to be fighting on a map of this magnitude,” González said. “For my debut in the United States to be on this stage, it’s an opportunity that I have to take advantage of. No matter who my opponent is, I will always be ready and at my best. I will show everyone that I am ready for champions.

Representing his native Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Rivera (19-2, 12 KOs) is looking to earn three straight wins on May 14. The 32-year-old rode a 12-game winning streak between 2011 and 2017 before dropping a decision by then-undefeated Nate Green. Rivera returned to action after that fight in July 2021, earning a unanimous decision over Jonathan Lecona Ramos in his United States debut. Most recently, he quit Wallington Orobio in November 2021.

“I was training at the gym when my manager told me I was going to be in this card,” Rivera said. “We never say no to an opponent who wants to fight me. I hope González is 100% too, because I want us to put on a show for the fans and I want to keep the momentum going to fight for a world title. It’s an opportunity I can’t pass up.”

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