Jermell Charlo-Austin Trout Official For June 9th
Only a few days after rumors surfaced of a potential WBC super welterweight title clash between current champion Jermell Charlo and Austin Trout, Premier Boxing Champions officially announced the title fight set for June 9th in Los Angeles.
Charlo and Trout will be the co-headlining fight for the upcoming featherweight title showdown between WBA super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and WBA regular featherweight champion Abner Mares.
Charlo has knocked out his last four opponents, and has successfully defend his title twice since winning it in 2016. Charlo and his twin brother, Jermall, were the only twin brothers to hold world titles in the same weight class simultaneously before Jermall relinquished his 154-pound championship to campaign at 160 pounds.
“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.”
Coming off a unanimous decision victory over Juan De Angel on February 17th, is looking to continue his winning ways since losing to Jarrett Hurd via 10th round TKO in October 2017.
“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.”