Castano dethrones Teixeira for WBO 154lb title

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Unbeaten junior middleweight Brian Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs) dethroned WBO world champion Patrick Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Castano, who was a 6:1 favorite coming into the fight, put the pressure on early and never let up. Big punch statistic advantages for Castano, who nearly stopped Teixeira in the final round. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 117-111.

“I am very happy. We did a great job with my team,” said Castaño. “It was a good fight. We all mistakes, and I have to fix things here and there, but a fight is a fight. Each fight is different, and I understand that. I knew Teixeia very well going into this fight. He is very strong, and he has a lot of heart. He is a great person. This was one of the greatest wins of my career. Not anyone can be a world champion, and I was able to do it twice. So I am very happy.”

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  • Castano is no joke for all fighters at 154. I would love to see Jermell vs. Castano in a 12 round battle involving Jermell’s distance/lateral movement vs. Castano’s inside fighting/pressure/body punching. Castano WILL dig deeper into Jermell’s soul, endurance, hunger and determination.

    However, I suspect Castano will have another scrap against Lara, and the winner will fight Jermell. I do not want to see Castano vs. Lara 2, so I will keep my fingers crossed for Jermell vs. Castano.

    As a side note, if Errol is unable to fight Manny or Crawford, maybe Errol will seek a fight against Jermell at 154; and Castano will fight the winner.

  • I like Castano, he’s a pitbull, however, leaning forward and squaring up, it will be like a pitbull versus a Rotweiler against Julian Williams, Jarret Hurd, Tony Harrison, and Erickson Lubin, and like a pit facing a Cane Corso in Jermell Charlo; just my two cents. A couple of those guys are chinny but he is too square and off balance to get good leverage, and matter of factly, they may hurt or stop him as him opposed to them, due to the above mentioned flaws. I don’t include Lara in that group due to his age, so I think at this point Castano bests him. BTW he closely resembles in facial appearance to 1990’s middleweight contender (IBF #4 at one point) Brian “Bull” Barbosa who I grew up with and sparred with a couple of times in Providence, RI during my amateur days. Still feeling that left-hook to the liver Bull if your reading this.

    • Would love to see Castano against any of the names you mentioned. Neither Williams, Harrison, nor Lubin have the most rock-solid chins, but I also thought the same of Texiera, and he stood up to Castano for 12 rounds. I remember Texiera getting rocked by a jab from Curtis Stevens in the first round, then taken out in the second. I was expecting a Castano KO here, but either Texiera has a better chin than I expected, or Castano doesn’t quite have the power I thought he had. I think Williams, Lubin, and Harrison may be slightly more skilled the Castano, but not sure any of them can hold up for 12 rounds against Castano. Hurd-Castano would be a war.

      I remember Brian Barbosa well. He was kind of a regular on Tuesday Night Fights back in the day. Built like a tank. I remember him beating Robert Allen in his hometown of Providence. Good fighter.

  • Once Castano fights his mandatory Tszyu for a easy decent pay check, Jermell has to be next. I don’t mind the rematch with Lara either so the guy has options.

  • I knew Castano would win this one he’s underrated; i knew it till i watch him beat my countrymates Michel Soro in a very close fight and Cédric Vitu by tko in the twelft and final round. And Soro and Vitu were both world class at the time Castano beat them.. But if Castano gives a rematch to Soro , i’m going with Soro in it if he’s in better shape because he was dominating the early rounds with his skills and technique pretty easily before fading.. We’ll see congrats to Castano because he’s a f…ng warrior !

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