Team Brian Castano threatened to pull out of the fight after they cited issues with Jermell Charlo’s gloves during the inspection/approval session with Texas boxing officials and the world sanctioning bodies. The news was first reported by Salvador Rodriguez of ESPN’s Knockout which prompted many fans to think exactly what was wrong with two-time boxing great Jermell Charlo’s gloves.
Team Castano claimed that Charlo’s gloves were rigged, threatening to pull out of the highly anticipated champion fight in San Antonio, TX. Here’s the translated version of the comments made by Castano’s manager on the Jermell Charooo glove controversy.
“Charlo’s right glove has a balloon (sic) and that glove cannot be approved, the commissioner gave us the reason at 3 in the afternoon, Charlo’s representative called Jermell’s coach, Derrick (James), they said that They could go in 2 hours and the Texas commissioner said yes, at 5 they came with a bodyguard, they threw out our translator and allowed Charlo to have a bodyguard and I never saw a thing like it in my life.
So far there is no fight, it is not for money, with that glove we do not fight, our gloves are fine,” Sebastian Contursi told ESPN Knockout.
For all those concerned #CharloCastano is in jeopardy over a Charlo glove issue, a high ranking person involved in the fight just told me, “The fight is on. No chance it gets cancelled. Ignore the melodrama. It will be resolved.” #boxing
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) July 17, 2021
The fight is still on, with Dan Rafel confirming the same on Twitter late Saturday. Boxing fans remained in doubt as there was no update regarding the fight until early Saturday.
Jermell Charlo defends his light-middleweight title against Brian Castano
Jermell Charlo takes on Brian Castano in a twelve-round championship bout to defend the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and The Ring light middleweight titles and with the hope of unifying the division by winning Castano’s WBO light-middleweight championship.
Needless to say, there have been several instances of boxers citing their concerns with the opponent’s gloves. While it’s very rare for a boxing bout to get canceled because of a disparity in gloves, considering a boxer is allowed to choose two to three gloves of his choice and is made to check them in front of the officials.
He is then allowed to select the glove that he is going to be wearing inside the ring, which is then kept with the officials until the fight night and only handed to them before the fight.