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Jermall Charlo Retains Title with Close Decision Win Over Austin Trout

Charlo vs. Trout - Amanda Westcott
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Saturday night at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Erislandy Lara vs. Vanes Martirosyan card featured five of the top 10 Junior Middleweight fighters in a world title triple header.

The second fight of the night showcased Jermall Charlo (24-0 18 KOs) defending his IBF world title against the experienced ex-champ Austin “No Doubt” Trout (30-3, 17 KOs). Jermall is the twin brother of Jermell, who won the vacant WBC title by stopping John Jackson in the first fight of the triple header.

Though Charlo seemed to be the fresher fighter going in, that was no reason to count Trout out. Trout had the experience edge, having fought a lot of well-known world class fighters.

His only two losses were from Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, after upsetting Miguel Cotto in 2012. Trout was expected to be Charlo’s stiffest competition to date and he proved to be just that.

There was a lot on the line for both men, with Charlo looking to keep his undefeated record and IBF title in hopes that both he and his brother would take belts back to their hometown of Houston, Texas.

While Charlo might have had more to lose, No Doubt was out to prove that he wasn’t ready to be a stepping-stone contender and that he was back better than ever under the tutelage of Barry Hunter.

Very few people get a once in a lifetime chance you can’t be–I’ve had the pleasure of having two chances. I’m definitely not going to let this pass me by. I’m very excited to pull this fight. It’s a good fight for everybody. A good fight for me, a good fight for Jermall and a good fight for the fans. You know, everybody is going to win at the end of the day, but I have to have my hand raised when the night’s over. –Austin Trout

As the fight got under way, each man seemed to be getting a feel for the other in the first round. With Trout being a southpaw, their feet did get tangled late in the first round and Charlo was able to catch himself as Trout stumbled to the canvas—though it was ruled a slip.

Charlo came out more aggressive in Round 2, landing clean head shots as Trout let his right hand hang. Trout used his footwork and jab effectively though, trying to keep Charlo at bay.

In Round 4, Trout looked as if he was trying to work the body of Charlo, while Charlo kept on head hunting. The exchanges began as the fighters began working at a close distance. Both fighters used their ring IQ—neither jumping in or making themselves too vulnerable.

Charlo continued pressuring Trout, but Trout worked the ring trying to avoid getting caught up against the ropes. Both fighters landed combinations in Round 5, though it seemed at this point in the fight that Charlo began landing more often with cleaner punches.

Round 7 was an impressive round for both fighters as both men took some big shots. Charlo’s continuous pressure and his aggression looked to be flustering No Doubt with Charlo landing a straight right that stunned Trout momentarily in the eighth round.

Charlo Trout - Stephanie Trapp
Photo by Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions

Trout looked a lot better in Round 9, being the first to throw in exchanges. With all the action in the previous rounds, Round 10 seemed to be a slower round for both fighters with neither man able to land anything of note.

Trout looked impressive in the 11th round, boxing light on his feet and throwing quick combinations.  Both fighters seemed to play it safe in the 12th and final round, seeming to be comfortable with the fight going to the judges scorecards.

Judge John McKaie scored the bout 115-113, while Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements scored it 116-112, all for Charlo who improved his record to 24-0, 18 KOs.

After the fight, both men were humble and praised the other. “It wasn’t a struggle, it was an experience,” said Charlo. “I want to thank god for allowing me and my twin brother to see this day. History.

“Austin is a hell of a fighter. He’s a beast. It was a great experience,” continued Charlo. “This was my first time going 12, but it didn’t matter because I knew I was in shape.”

Classy as always, Trout was respectful in his defeat, though he thought he had won the fight. “Hat’s off to Jermall Charlo. He fought a hell of a fight. I felt like I did enough to win. They won’t give me a close decision, so it’s time to start taking these cats out,” said Trout. “But I can’t make excuses. I fought my ass off, Charlo fought his ass off, and hats off to him.”

“I’m going to live to fight another day” stated Trout. “You’re going to see me back. We’re warriors out here. Defend that belt. Smack J-Rock for me.”

So what is next for Jermall Charlo? Will he face his mandatory challenger, Julian “J Rock” Williams?

J-Rock seems excited about the opportunity and when asked before the fight who he’d rather face he made it clear that Charlo is at the top of his list.

“Jermall Charlo is an undefeated champion. I’m undefeated. That’s what boxing is all about–two young, hungry champions going at it in their primes. So, I am interested in fighting Jermall Charlo.”

Only time will tell, but with the animosity growing between the two — it would be a great fight for boxing fans.

 

Boise State Alum 🐴💙 Las Vegas 🎲 Staff Writer for Round by Round Boxing 👊🏼 @rbrboxing Snapchat: ShelbiKeyes

119 comments
Nick Royer
Nick Royer

put em out Trout...put em out.....GODSPEED BROTHER!!!!!!!

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

"Start puttin CATS out." When you are not the A side, you will NEVER get a close decision, therefore you've got to take ore chances

Benji Fono
Benji Fono

Junior Fono Nathanael Fonoilaepa This is our goal. To make it all together!!

Kyron Dryden
Kyron Dryden

This is why I Love these twins !! Darkon Dryden Daniel Sterjovski

Kyron Dryden
Kyron Dryden

Brothers straight in \U0001f602\U0001f602

James Freeney
James Freeney

He can't take that Hatley Punch and not talking about the drink.

Fred Winkler
Fred Winkler

Very classy man, glad to be his supporter!

Rashad Myers
Rashad Myers

Storms the ring? He was standing right behind him the whole time

Ray Walker
Ray Walker

Jay Jay Belliard no he didn't bro it was. Close but the right man won

Jay Belliard
Jay Belliard

I Had Trout Winning Tho. All Those Damns Counter Punches

Jay Belliard
Jay Belliard

Canelo Don't Want No Parts Of Those Boyz!

Jay Belliard
Jay Belliard

That Midget Only Likes Fighting Guys Smaller Than Him

Pushkin Itch Vladimir
Pushkin Itch Vladimir

Good head movement like Mike he could get pass tha jab but he don't so he can't\U0001f4af\U0001f44a

Waniac Sanders
Waniac Sanders

D town hey PNut u C ya folk clowning already get it n Charles

Dre Wallace
Dre Wallace

Hatley gon get at boy lol Delvon Lbn Walker

Ken Johnson
Ken Johnson

It was a great fight between them two, but I had Trout losing a close one 115-113!

Gonzales Jazzmin
Gonzales Jazzmin

All I can say is it is easy to be humble when you are on the bottom. He used to parade around the damn airports on the way to fights with an entourage carrying his belt and crap. So if he ever makes it to the top again lets see if he stays the way he is now.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones

This dude is the most humble man. I've known him for years, before the belts. You suppose to show off your hardware anyway. Don't mistake his confidence... There is a difference

Gonzales Jazzmin
Gonzales Jazzmin

You dont have to parade through an airport trying to get attention. That is not humble. With an entourage of people around you. I have seen plenty of fighters with their teams that avoid the crowds and attention flying in and out of Vegas that never do that kind of stuff. So you can say what you want, but actions speak louder than words at times. Maybe people need to look up humility before they start throughing words around. I admire that the guy seems to have class even in defeat. I am just saying the times I have seen him, humble was not a word I would use to describe him. That is just my opinion and observation though.

Cyndi Lujan
Cyndi Lujan

So because he was proud of his work & walked through an airport with his belt that means he's not humble? I too have known Austin since before the fame. He's actually a really close family friend & he is the definition of humble, winning or losing. If he wants to show off his belts he has that right, he worked hard & deserved it. Maybe you should have gone to meet him & seen for yourself that he would turn no one away for a picture or autograph, treats everyone with respect, & has a kind heart.. instead of standing there being salty & judging a person you don't even know. Just my opinion tho...

Gonzales Jazzmin
Gonzales Jazzmin

Again my opinion and I dont care to meet him. Never said he isn't a good person or good to his fans, but that should be part of being an athlete. Again why dont you look up humility. Pride/Proud and Humility/ Humble usually dont go hand and hand. You have the right to do anything, but the result of your choices are what people see. Like I said to me parading around through an airport trying to draw attention to yourself does not sound like humility to me. And I am not judging him personally, I am just saying what others are saying about him dont appear to be the things I have seen when I have seen him.

James Hatley Jr.
James Hatley Jr.

Its only one true champion in Texas his name is Charles Hatley you twins know that you just made IT possible for Dallas to SHINE.

Joshua Keenan Eisemann
Joshua Keenan Eisemann

GGG vs Charlo! I know they are not same weight class but come on now that would be a awesome fight to see, maybe one more fight for the new champ then try to fight GGG.

Lyndon Brandy
Lyndon Brandy

He started slow but finished strong. Big fan of Trout.

Ricardo Ramos
Ricardo Ramos

Much Respect. (Not many people re thanking Haymon any more) hmmmm

Bryan Bch
Bryan Bch

Have to go for the knockout next time \U0001f4aa\U0001f3fd

Melanie Gantner
Melanie Gantner

What a GOOD GUY!!! Still a winner in our eyes back home in Las Cruces Austin Trout!

Cells Colin
Cells Colin

That's what the interviewer said lol

Blas Rey Jr
Blas Rey Jr

There he is winning doing the chicken dance after he ate a strait right hand

Scott Harootunian
Scott Harootunian

Daniel Betters this is what you missed while getting a beer.

Cells Colin
Cells Colin

Blas Rey Jr you know he beat Canelo too

Carlos Chambers
Carlos Chambers

Close fight. Could have gone either way, but I didn't like the scores.

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