Brian Castano captures WBO junior middleweight crown, could fight Jermell Charlo next.
Brian Castano showed why he entered the ring the favorite against defending WBO Patrick Teixeira Saturday night. Despite being the shorter fighter and lacking in reach, Castano dominated Teixeira, winning the fight and world title by unanimous decision at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.
Scores were 120-108, 119-109, and 117-111.
In round one, southpaw Teixeira established his jab – while Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs) stalked and threw right hands. The Argentina fighter jumped in close and worked the body. Castano landed a right hand in round two. Teixeira fired combinations. Castano blocked them and countered. Castano had banked the first two rounds on this writer’s unofficial scorecard with activity and accuracy.
In round three, Teixeira (31-2, 22 KOs) jabbed and moved. Castano connected with a shot to the heart. Teixeira was missing. Castano’s pressure was making it tough. Teixeira connected with a right at the bell. Castano went to the body in round four. Teixeira fired uppercuts. Castano did good work on the ropes. A right knocked Teixeira off balance.
The relentless Castano worked up and down in round five. Teixeira landed two uppercuts on the inside. Castano rolled with the blows and clubbed Teixeira. He was out landing the champion three blows to one. Teixeira tried to get off first in round six. Castano fired punches in bunches. A right-hand sagged Teixeira.
Teixeira connected with a good counter hook in round seven. Castano ignored it. He bobbed and weaved. Two left hooks connected. Teixeira was showing a solid chin. He was trying, but Castano was outpunching him consistently. Castano walked inside and fired punches. Teixeira backed up Castano for one of the few times in the fight. He worked the body. Castano stepped inside his wide shots and clipped him.
In round nine, Teixeira continued to push Castano back. Castano was sharp shooting. Teixeira connected with a hook. Castano landed a combination. Seconds later he did it again. Teixeira tried boxing more in round 10. Castano tattooed him from the outside. Two right hands bothered Teixeira. With two rounds to go, Castano was comfortably in the lead. Would he go into cruise control? Hardly. Hhe went right back to work. Teixeira was absorbing a lot of punishment.
Teixeira would need a Hail Mary in round 12. He wouldn’t get it. Castano stayed low and steady – pounding Teixeira with various shots. A huge left hook hurt Teixeira in the last 40 seconds of the round. The gritty Teixeira hung on to hear the bell.