The Armory in Minneapolis - Last Sunday night, unbeaten lightweight Starling Castillo (16-0, 12 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Juan Carlos Burgos (34-6-2, 21 KOs) in their 10-round clash.

"We always train to go the whole distance,” said Castillo, who entered the fight with a four-bout knockout streak. “The hard work and everything we did in the gym showed up in the ring [against Burgos]. I was able to display my boxing ability and how I can fight well in the middle distance.”

Eight years younger than his opponent, Castillo looked to use relentless activity to overwhelm the 33-year-old Burgos. Castillo threw an astounding 671 punches during the fight, on his way to out landing his opponent 176 to 146.

Burgos nearly had a significant moment in round two, connecting with a huge overhand left that staggered Castillo before he was able to recover and maintain his footing. Burgos continued to press forward throughout the fight and sought to slow down his aggressive opponent through a steady body attack, landing 83 to the body compared to Castillo’s 22. 

In a memorable final round, both fighters threw haymakers until the final bell, with each man landing numerous clean head shots and throwing and landing more punches than in any other round. After the final bell, all three judges favored the activity of Castillo, with scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.

"I'm very thankful to my whole team for this opportunity to showcase my work. We gave everyone a good fight and I showed what I can do in the future. We're always working hard and I'm always ready to face the best. I want the opportunity sooner rather than later, but whenever it presents itself, I'll be ready."