While the the four main champions of boxing’s 154-pound division will be busy in the coming months, the WBA’s secondary world champion continues to travel the world and successfully defend his title.
Brian Castano retained his WBA “regular” junior middleweight title by knocking out Cedric Vitu in the 12th round of their fight in a boxing event taking place in France. It was the second straight fight in France for the Argentinian-born champion, who had held the interim WBA title throughout 2016 and 2017 before being elevated to WBA “regular” champion.
The champion controlled the pace early in the fight, overpowering Vitu through the end of the fight with a knockdown in the 12th round. Vitu was able to recover, but Castano unleashed a barrage of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight. With the loss, Vitu, a former EBU champion at 154 pounds, drops his record to 46-3 and Castano improves his record to 15-0 with 11 KO.
Castano is a part of a loaded class of junior middleweight world champions that includes “super” champion Erislandy Lara, WBO champion Sadam Ali, WBC champion Jermell Charlo and IBF champion Jarrett Hurd, who will be fighting Lara in a WBA “super” and IBF title unification on April 7 in Las Vegas on Showtime.
Also on the Ringstar Sports-promoted card, which took place at La Seine Musicale in Paris, undefeated super welterweight prospect Money Powell IV got a unanimous decision win over Gadzhimurad Ibragimov to improve his record to 6-0.