Jermell Charlo vs Austin Trout Preview June 9th
Unbeaten WBC World Jr. Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo of Richmond, Texas will be defending his title against former world champion Austin Trout of Las Cruces, New Mexico at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Saturday, June 9th. The 12-round bout can be seen live on Showtime in the U.S. Charlo’s last bout was a first-round KO over Erickson Lubin last October while Trout beat Juan De Angel by an eight-round unanimous decision in February. Charlo won the vacant title in May, 2016 when he stopped John Jackson in the eighth round and this will be his third defence.
Charlo vs Trout Betting Odds
- Austin Trout +600
- Jermell Charlo -900
The 28-year-old Charlo will climb into the ring with a perfect record of 30-0 along with 15 Kos. He stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and has a reach of 73 inches. He turned pro back in 2007 and has boxed 188 rounds since then. Charlo doesn’t have as much power as his twin brother Jermall as his current knockout ratio is just 50 percent. But one of the reasons for this could be the better grade of opponent he’s faced up to now such as John Jackson, Joachim Alcine, Vanes Martirosyan, Gabriel Rosado, Demetrius Hopkins, Harry Joe Yorgey, Charles Hatley and Lubin.
Charlo typically relies on his slick boxing skills to win fights, but has enough power to stop a foe with an accumulation of well-placed and timed punches, which is what he did with former world champ Alcine. Although he has good boxing skills, Charlo isn’t usually an overly-exciting boxer to watch. Up to now he’s been just a little bit too good for the opposition and the bouts haven’t resulted in much action or drama. Hopefully for the fans things will be a bit different against Trout on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old Trout fought Jermall Charlo for the IBF Jr. Middleweight title in May. 2016 and dropped a relatively close unanimous decision. He then looked good last October in an exciting attempt to upset Jarrett Hurd in another shot at the IBF crown, but couldn’t come out for the 10th round. The southpaw needs a win badly here if he hopes to prove he’s still one of the top 154 lb. boxers in the world. He’ll climb into the ring with a record of 30-4 with 17 Kos.
Trout’s other two career defeats came via consecutive unanimous decisions to Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. His best wins were unanimous decisions over Delvin Rodriguez and then Miguel Cotto at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2012. Basically, Trout has lost to elite boxers and world champions only and has been stopped just once. Trout had problems with Lara’s style, but usually looks good against skilled opponents. He’s an experienced boxer who’s fought 233rounds since turning pro in 2005.
Trout has a somewhat frustrating counter-punching style and he isn’t known as much of a power puncher with a current knockout ratio of 49 per cent. His last knockout win came in September of 2015 and it’s his only stoppage in his last 11 fights dating back to November, 2011. Trout stands just over 5-feet-9-inches tall and has a reach of 72 inches which gives him a two-inch height and one-inch reach disadvantage. He has a solid chin to go along with average power and usually wins decisions due to his somewhat frustrating style.
Trout has a solid chin, plenty of experience and an awkward style, but his best days are behind him now. He will give a good account of himself as always, but while he still may have one more great fight left in him I think he’ll fall just short against the younger Charlo.
Trout’s just past his prime now.
Play: Charlo -900 @ BetOnline.ag
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