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There is plenty on the line on Sunday when Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño fight it out but Aussie Tim Tszyu will also be watching closely.
Tszyu is in line to fight the winner and will be watching the fight from his couch in lockdown.
“Castaño can make things rough – he’s unpredictable – whereas Charlo is more of a classical type of boxer,” Tszyu told Main Event’s Ben Damon.
“I’m not expecting anything spectacular from Charlo – he will use his jab – and I think he will probably get the points win without looking too amazing.”
Tszyu’s promoter George Rose told The Sun-Herald in April he would be prepared to spend $10 million to secure a fight with either Charlo or Castaño.
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Bad blood spilt out on Saturday at a heated weigh-in prior to the blockbuster bout between Charlo and Castaño.
Triple world champion Charlo fights for an undisputed global super welterweight crown on Sunday when he faces Argentina’s Castaño at San Antonio, Texas.
The showdown of 31-year-old fighters marks the first time all four major 154-pound crowns — Charlo’s WBA, WBC and IBF titles and Castaño’s WBO belt — will be at stake in the same bout.
It was not the two fighters themselves though that showed the strongest signs of animosity though, with Castaño’s manager Sebastian Contursi clashing with Charlo.
Castaño and Charlo though made sure to trade verbal words as they posed for photos, with the latter in particular getting animated.
Castaño weighed in at 153.3 pounds while Charlo later stepped onto the scales and weighed 153 pounds even.
Speaking earlier in the week, Charlo was prepared to put his legacy on the line on Sunday.
“My experience inside and outside of the ring has all led up to this,” Charlo said.
“Now is the time for me to put it all on the line.”
Charlo, 34-1 with 18 knockouts, won his WBC crown over fellow American Tony Harrison in December 2019 — avenging his only career defeat — and took the others last September with an eighth-round knockout of Dominican Jeison Rosario.
“This is huge. It’s a legacy fight for me and I’m ready for it,” Charlo said.
“This is a major fight because it’s history for me… The belts and the money are not on my mind. What’s on my mind is the legacy.”
Castaño, 17-0 with one drawn and 12 knockouts, defeated Brazil’s Patrick Teixeira by unanimous decision last February to claim the WBO crown.
“This is the fight of my life,” Castaño said.
“I’m out for glory. I want to be the first in history to be undisputed champion at 154 pounds in the four-belt era. This will be the hardest fight of my career.”
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Charlo, whose twin brother Jermall is the unbeaten WBC middleweight champion, says he is in peak condition after training camp.
“Castaño is a great fighter who puts on a lot of pressure, but I know my abilities and I know my power,” Charlo said.
“I’m in my prime. You’re going to see a more developed Jermell Charlo. I guarantee you’re going to see a top pound-for-pound fighter.”
Castaño said Charlo has never faced anyone with his style and variety of ways to attack.
“I’m the type of fighter that is always going after you. I’m always there to pressure you,” Castaño said. “I will leave my heart in the ring.”
Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castaño, unified junior middleweight titles