Charlo Retains WBC Super Welterweight Title Against Trout

It may not have been the knockout win that Jermell Charlo wanted, but he got the win against Austin Trout regardless.

Charlo retained his WBC super welterweight title against Trout with a majority decision win at the Staples Center in Los Angeles thanks to two knockdowns. Charlo won on two of the three judges scorecards with scores of 115-111, 118-108 while a third judge had the fight scored even at 113-113.

The WBC champion dominated the first half of the fight, including scoring a knockdown in the fourth round thanks to Trout slipping as he was being punched.

Trout eventually made the fight competitive, especially in the second half, when he started to throw several strong combinations to Charlo’s body. But just as Trout was starting to get some momentum, Charlo knocked him down at the start of the ninth round with a punch that appeared to have landed in the back of Trout’s head. Regardless, Trout never really was in position to win the fight as Charlo’s power was at times too much for Trout, who has lost his fifth consecutive world title fight.

With his toughest title defense behind him, Charlo said in a post-fight interview his sights set at unified WBA and IBF champion Jarrett Hurd, who defeated Trout last October.

Jermell Charlo (c) vs. Austin Trout: WBC Super Welterweight Title Bout

Round 1: The fight starts with Charlo landing a strong combination with his jab. Trout throws a couple of jabs at Charlo and Charlo is able to block them. Not a lot of action in this first round.

Round 2: Charlo throws a couple of left jabs and Trout tries to attack the body only for Charlo to dodge Trout’s punches. Charlo lands a left hand, but Trout then connects with a counter left hand. Charlo is trying to be aggressive, while Trout is opting for a more tactical fight.

Round 3: Charlo starts off by throwing an aggressive 1-2 combination. Trout is knocked down by a left hand from Charlo while Trout was slipping down in the corner.

Round 4: The champion sticks to the middle of the ring while Trout is trying to avoid Charlo’s power punches. Charlo manages to corner Trout and land a flurry of punches. Trout remains cautious of Charlo’s power and refuses to brawl with the champion.

Round 5: Charlo lands a number of right jabs to pressure Trout to the corner and Trout was in danger for a brief moment. Trout is skipping around the ring, trying to find an opening, but Charlo does a good job of closing the ring for Trout.

Round 6: Trout rushes to Charlo, but is unable to do anything. Charlo then throws several power punches to Trout, who was on the ropes for a brief second. Charlo chases down Trout and lands a vicious right hand, but Trout bounced back by landing a combination to the body. Trout manages to catch Charlo off-balance and lands a solid punch.

Round 7: Charlo and Trout exchange a number of power punches in close combat to start the round. Trout throws a few jabs upstairs. Trout attacks the body and it appears that he is the one with the momentum now.

Round 8: Charlo begins the round by landing a number of combinations, but Trout answers back with a counter left hand. Trout looks more confident in the ring in the last four rounds than in the first four rounds.

Round 9: The round starts with Charlo knocking down Trout again although Trout argues Charlo punched him in the back of the head. Charlo continues to land several strong jabs, hurting Trout in the process.

Round 10: Trout is moving back as Charlo lands several punches. Trout manages to pivot away from danger to get to the center of the ring. Trout lands a right hook, followed by a left hand. Charlo returns to landing the jab which has been so effective throughout the fight.

Round 11: Trout lands a hard uppercut that splits Charlo’s defense. Charlo now chases Trout and trying to land the hard right hand. Charlo looks very poised so far in the 11th round despite Trout being the one with more experience fighting late in world title bouts.

Round 12: A double jab and uppercut combo by Charlo connects to start the final round. Trout gets aggressive and lands a couple of short uppercuts to the body. Trout continues to find an opening to get the knockout, but Charlo lands a swift right jab.

Official Result: Jermell Charlo defeated Austin Trout by majority decision (113-113, 115-111, 118-108) to retain the WBC Super Welterweight Title

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