Undefeated WBC super-welterweight Champion, Jermell Charlo, is set to defend his crown against the former world champion, Austin Trout, on June 9th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Charlo has made a devastating impact on the super-welterweight division, stopping his last four opponents, and claiming the WBC crown in the process.
With Trout firmly in his sights, Charlo is keen to make a statement when the pair square off on June 9th.
“Trout is no journeyman. He’s a former world champion, someone, who has a name and he comes to fight. The name means he’s worthy of another title challenge,” said Charlo. “Trout is the man that has been chosen for me, and I have to take care of him. I’m super excited to be fighting and defending my title again.
“The only thing I’m going to tell you about what I’m going to do against Trout is, I’m going to surprise you guys. I plan to show my skills and show why I’m the best at 154 pounds. The most important thing is to make my mark and claim my territory.”
Austin Trout has developed a respectable resume at 154lbs, having squared off against some of the worlds top super-welterweights, including; Miguel Cotto, Canelo, Erislandy Lara, and Jarrett Hurd.
Trout has also shared the ring with Jermall Charlo, Jermell’s brother, losing via a unanimous decision in 2016. Last year Trout was stopped for the first time in his career by the now unified 154lb champion, Jarrett Hurd. However, he has since bounced back, claiming a unanimous decision victory over Juan De Angel in February.
“I’m more than excited. I’m happy because I’m still a threat in this game,” said Trout. “People can write me off all they want. Even when I was a champion people wrote me off. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m approaching it is as my last opportunity. Everybody is counting me out, and I’m hoping he is too. I’m going to shock him and the world.
“I feel like I’ve done this before because I fought his brother. Jermell uses more of his skills where Jermall uses more of his brute strength. I fought the bigger one, and I fought Hurd who was like his bigger brother. Now I get to fight someone who is closer to my size.”