16 Years Ago Today Mayweather Jr Versus Castillo I – Probably the most debated fight in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s (50-0-0, 27 KOs) undefeated career is his first bout with Jose Luis Castillo (66-13-1, 57 KOs) on April 20th, 2002.
In his first fight as a lightweight, Mayweather took on World Boxing Council champion Jose Luis Castillo. Despite both fighters officially meeting the 135-lb lightweight limit, Mayweather came to the ring weighing unofficially 138½ lbs to Castillo’s 147½ lbs.
Floyd defeated Castillo, winning the WBC lightweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena before a crowd of 6,920. Judges Jerry Roth and John Keane scored it 115–111 and judge Anek Hongtongkam scored it 116–111, a decision that was loudly booed by the pro-Castillo crowd.
At the end of the fight, Harold Lederman, HBO unofficial ringside television judge, had Castillo winning 115–111. CompuBox statistics indicated that Castillo landed more overall punches and significantly more power shots over the course of the fight; however, these statistics did not accurately reflect the judging (rounds are scored in isolation).
On this segment our boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo talks about this controversial fight.
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