Trout: Beating Charlo Bigger Than Cotto

Despite winning the WBA (Regular) Light Middleweight Title in February 2011, one can argue Austin Trout was not as on the map until December 2012, when he defeated Miguel Cotto in upset fashion via unanimous decision to retain the title.

But Trout tells ESPN’s Dan Rafael his fight with Jermell Charlo for the WBC Light Middleweight Title on June 9 may be an even bigger win than the Cotto fight.

Following that win over Cotto, Trout stumbled, losing the WBA title to Canelo Alvarez and losing an interim WBA title fight with Erislandy Lara. After bouncing back with a four-fight win streak, Trout lost to Jermell’s brother, Jermall Charlo, and Jarrett Hurd — both times failing to capture the IBF 154-pound title. Trout got back on winning ways with a victory over Juan De Angel in February.

“I’m trying to rewrite my story with the career-defining win,” Trout said. “Beating Jermell Charlo will be career defining. It will be bigger to me than beating Cotto in the Garden, straight up. I ain’t looking towards the past. I’m always looking to the future. And the future, it really is going through Jermell.”

Jermell Charlo vs. Austin Trout takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and serves as the co-main event to the Abner Mares-Leo Santa Cruz rematch.

Original Story: ESPN

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