CARSON, Calif. — Jermell Charlo knew well the hellacious pressure he’d need to endure to defeat rugged Argentinian Brian Castano.

So Charlo answered Saturday night with deep resolve, responding forcefully to nearly every battering blow from his fellow champion until he weakened and then finished Castano by knockout in the 10th round.

The victory makes the Houston fighter the undisputed, four-belt champion of the 154-pound division.

“It was hard. I wanted to make sure this was my fight,” Charlo said in the ring afterward.

Despite being out-landed 194-173 in total punches and 175-142 in power punches, Charlo was more precise and controlled in his effort while out-jabbing Castano, 31-19, and leading on all three judges’ scorecards in the rematch of their draw 10 months ago.

Judge David Sutherland had it 87-84, Zachary Young’s card was 88-83 and Glenn Feldman had it 89-82 in Charlo’s favor when the three-belt champion went after his crowning finish.

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