Austin Trout Gets Another World Title Shot on June 9th
Austin Trout (31-4, 17 KOs) has been fortunate to fight for world titles in 12 of his 35 career professional bouts. The Las Cruces boxer will get a 13th shot on June 9th when he battles undefeated Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KOs) for the WBC Super Welterweight Title. If the last name sounds familiar, it is because Trout fought his twin brother Jermall nearly two years ago for the IBF Super Welterweight belt, and he lost a unanimous decision.
"I’m more than excited. I’m happy because I’m still a threat in this game," Trout said in the official fight release. "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."
The 32-year old last held a world championship in 2013, so this title fight is a huge opportunity for him. Trout last fought in the ring in February and he defeated Juan De Angel by unanimous decision in front of his fans at the Don Haskins Center. He had a career-defining win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden, but Trout has lost all four world title fights since that big victory. Everything can change on Saturday night, June 9th when he enters the ring at Staples Canter for the showdown with Charlo.
"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," Charlo said. "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."
Showtime will televise the match, which also features Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares meeting for the WBA Super World Featherweight Title.