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Junior middleweight Brian Castano stops Cedric Vitu with seconds remaining in the 12th

Castano. Photo courtesy of PBC
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Junior middleweight contender Brian Castano dominated Cedric Vitu Saturday night, stopping him in the 12th and final round at the La Seine Musicale in Paris, France.

With the win, Castano, who is rated No. 5 by THE RING at 154 pounds, extended his unbeaten run to 15 with 11 knockouts. Vitu entered the fight having won his previous 11 contests and was rated No. 12 by the WBA.

After an even opening round, Castano battered Vitu for the remainder of the fight. The Buenos Aires resident put his southpaw opponent on the defensive, walking him down and forcing him to fight off the ropes.

Vitu (46-3, 19 KOs), who resides in the French city of Criel, saw his punch output drop with each passing round and was merely fighting in spurts from the midway point.

Castano stunned Vitu in the eighth and again in the 10th round and the punishment continued to intensify.

In the 12th, a right to the body sent Vitu reeling against the ropes and a series of combinations dropped him. Vitu beat the count but was met with a barrage of punches by Castano. Referee Gustavo Padilla stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:28.

Editor’s note: Castano was defending a version of the WBA junior middleweight title which is unrecognized by THE RING. Erislandy Lara is the WBA 154-pound titleholder.

Middleweight prospect Money Powell IV won a six-round unanimous decision over Gadzhimurad Ibragimov (2-3-1, 1 KO). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Powell who improves to (6-0, 3 KOs).

Middleweight Anderson Prestot (20-1, 9 KOs) stopped Romain Garofalo (14-3, 4 KOs) in the third round.


Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing


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