There was no undisputed champion crowned after all with the three judges are unable to determine a winner in San Antonio, Texas.
Judge Tim Cheatham scored it 114-114 and Steve Weisfeld had it 114-113 in favor of Castaño. But Nelson Vasquez turned in 117-111 for Charlo, which allowed him to retain his WBA, WBC and IBF titles.
In what started out with Charlo feeling out Castaño early in the match, Charlo never picked up the pace. He spent too much time on the ropes and Castaño was able to sting him a couple of times.
Down the stretch, Charlo’s trainer Derrick James informed Charlo he needed a knockout to win. A fire was lit under Charlo and he went hunting. Charlo clipped Castano with a counter left hook in the second and wobbled the Argentinian with an offensive burst in the 10th round, but couldn’t drop him.
His low output was a problem in his decision loss to Tony Harrison in 2018 and in the rematch the following year, Charlo appeared to be down on the scorecards before scoring a late fury.
“Basically, I won the fight,” Castaño said. “There were some rounds that he hit me, no doubt about it. He hit me hard but I won the fight.
“In the 10th round I was hurt. I was trying to recoup a little bit in the 11th round, but I won the fight. I did enough to win the fight.”