Unified WBC, WBA and IBF World Champion Jermell Charlo and WBO World Champion Brian Castano will battle for undisputed standing at tremendous welterweight as all 4 154-pound belts grasp within the stability for the primary time in historical past on Saturday, July 17 dwell on SHOWTIME from AT&T Heart in San Antonio in a Premier Boxing Champions occasion.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and also will characteristic unbeaten Interim WBA Light-weight Champion Rolando “Rolly” Romero taking over Austin Dulay within the co-main occasion, plus unbeaten middleweight Amilcar Vidal matching up in opposition to veteran contender Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round bout that opens the telecast.
Tickets for the dwell occasion, which is promoted by Lions Solely Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and may be bought by way of www.attcenter.com. Romero vs. Dulay is co-promoted with Mayweather Promotions.
After years of scintillating matchups, memorable showdowns and drama-filled bouts, the tremendous welterweight division will crown an undisputed champion on July 17 when the unified champion Charlo places his three titles on the road in opposition to the hard-charging world champion Castano. The winner of this matchup will turn into the primary four-belt champion of the 154-pound division.
Houston’s Charlo (34-1, 18 KOs) turned a unified champion in his final combat, dropping Jeison Rosario 3 times on his approach to an eighth-round knockout that earned him the WBA and IBF titles. Earlier than that combat, Charlo had avenged the one lack of his profession, as he reclaimed his WBC belt through an Eleventh-round knockout of Tony Harrison in one among 2019’s greatest fights. The 31-year-old is skilled by Derrick James in Dallas and gained his first world title in his debut combat with James by scoring an eighth-round knockout of John Jackson in 2016. He adopted up that victory with three profitable defenses, knocking out Erickson Lubin and Charles Hatley, whereas profitable a call over former world champion Austin Trout.
The 31-year-old Castano (17-0-1, 12 KOs) placed on a spectacular efficiency to seize the WBO title in February, as he dominated Patrick Teixeira to wrest the belt away through unanimous determination. A local of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a win on July 17 can be a monumental achievement within the storied historical past of Argentine boxing. Previous to profitable his title, Castano fought to a draw in opposition to two-division world champion Erislandy Lara in a 2019 motion combat, and in addition owns triumphs over Michel Soro, Cedric Vitu and Wale Omotoso. A extremely skilled newbie, Castaño notched victories over unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. and high middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko earlier than he turned professional.
A rising prospect within the Mayweather Promotions’ secure, Romero (13-0, 11 KOs) gained his interim title in August 2020 through unanimous determination over then unbeaten Jackson Marinez. The 25-year-old adopted that victory up with a powerful seventh-round TKO over Avery Sparrow in January. Representing his hometown of Las Vegas, the undefeated Romero started his professional profession with knockouts in 10 of his first 11 fights.
Dulay (14-2, 10 KOs) enters this combat the winner of three out of his final 4 bouts, as he seeks a career-best conquer Romero on July 17. The 25-year-old most just lately defeated Jose Gallegos by unanimous determination in November 2020, placing him again within the win column after a call loss in opposition to former title challenger Diego Magdaleno. Combating out of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, Dulay’s solely different professional loss got here in opposition to unbeaten rising interim tremendous featherweight champion Chris Colbert.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Vidal (12-0, 11 KOs) now fights out of Coachella, California, having overwhelmed beforehand undefeated fighters in his final three bouts. The 25-year-old made his U.S. debut with a stoppage of Zach Prieto in November 2019, then returned shortly to knock out Leopoldo Reyna in January 2020. Most just lately, the undefeated middleweight stopped Edward Ortiz within the second spherical of their November 2020 conflict.
The 27-year-old Aleem (18-2-2, 11 KO) has been sparring with WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo as he prepares to make his return to the ring. Born in East Meadow, New York and now residing in Richmond, Virginia, Aleem will look to bounce again from a draw in opposition to Matt Korobov and a majority determination loss in opposition to Ronald Ellis in his final two fights. Unbeaten in his first 18 professional bouts, Aleem owns a powerful stoppage victory over then unbeaten Ievgen Khytrov of their memorable 2017 brawl.