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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

  • seriesofdreams4

    RBRBoxing Good fight. Best of the Charlo bros. Needs to move up. Trout did what he could but lost aa close fight despite whining.

  • Roro Robinson Shabazz

    Dallas Tx Stand up! Ryan Mouton Erik Robinson it’s finally bout to happen lol…

  • KD Collins

    D-town stay down!!!

  • Fred Brown


  • Moe Paul

    He said I don’t care what he is

  • Delvon Lbn Walker

    Dee B Edwards u see this

  • Troy Raysor

    I don’t like charlo

  • Earl LilEazzy Bell Jr.

    Yessenia Olivas why he calling Canelo name so much lol

  • Brian Barriento

    The charlo bums

  • Denzel Harris

    Twins get on that boy ass

  • LeDon Gay

    He needs to be trying to get at Floyd. That’s who outclassed him last time… No running.

  • Dee B Edwards

    Yea I told Kd last night Kmsl smh Boi gne get it

  • Keith Mcdonald

    But lions get tamed all the time U0001f602

  • Christopher Eli

    Adrian Clark lmao

  • Ryan Mouton

    I’m still trying to figure out y he jumped in the ring after that fight when he not even fighting that twin lol

  • PJ Strachan

    Sorry Dallas, you will be let down again. Hatley will lose. It won’t go the distance either.

  • Christopher Eli

    Adrian Clark lmao THE NEW….. U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

  • Deonte Paidinfull Jackson

    Texas been on it lately

  • Brandon High

    Whoop his ass Charles Hatley

  • Adrian Clark

    Hahahahahaha bro stop!! Lmfao

  • Fred Brown


  • Christopher Eli

    Adrian Clark I’m just sayin lol

  • Ryan Mouton

    Yeah u know Don King behind that

  • Fred Brown


  • Ricky Haggerty II

    Dàrrïçk Corey man I thought they would’ve known each other both being from Texas

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    He want that boy right thereU0001f602U0001f44aU0001f44aU0001f44aU0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f4af

  • Dàrrïçk Cook

    Twins from Houston

  • Ricky Haggerty II

    Yea Hatley fighting Jermell next man, if it’s in Texas we need to go

  • Dàrrïçk Cook

    Yea i know we should check it out

  • Corey Carr

    Charles Hatley whoop em bruh!!! Lmmfao

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    Believe me he know who he is U0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f44a

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    Cut it outU0001f4afU0001f4af

  • Ricky Haggerty II

    And if he don’t know he’s going to soon find out, because the guy he fought last night was beating him until knocked him out

  • Dwight Shug Hancock

    56th Block, Boy up in there!

  • Ron Taylor

    There it is!! Leggo den. U0001f4aaU0001f3feU0001f44aU0001f3feU0001f4aaU0001f3feU0001f44aU0001f3fe

  • Ronald Mccullough

    Charles Hatley gotta show him fam

  • Champ Reezy

    Trust Me… They both know exactly who my lil bro is…

  • James Jones

    Clinton Smith this the interview I was telling you about earlier

  • Anthony Sanchez

    They know each other u can’t be a Texas fighter and not know Hatley

  • Jose Solis

    It’s true what he saying

  • Tony Baker

    MUCH respect to Austin Trout. Kept it U0001f4af and classy. On to the next match

  • Shawna Hatley

    Justine Moore here it is

  • Drake Navarro

    Jeremy Sandoval you see this?

  • A.j. Guillory

    U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602 Yall look Darell in the back ground Bo Bowie Depauldrick Jawan Garrett Ray Kibble Kolyn Polo Boyd

  • Bo Bowie

    Who is darell

  • A.j. Guillory

    You wasn’t at Navarro when. The Darell was there?

  • Lakhiry Akeem Cherry

    They always play him. It shouldn’t have been unanimous

  • Depauldrick Jawan Garrett

    That’s Darell ???U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

  • A.j. Guillory

    Yes bro. U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602 those twins his cousins

  • Carlos Chambers

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

  • Oscar Esau Armendariz

    I agree Hatley has a weak chin

  • Cells Colin

    Blas Rey Jr you know he beat Canelo too

  • Scott Harootunian

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

  • Ray Kibble

    Lol they’re all brothers bro

  • Blas Rey Jr

    Sure he did..

  • Dawvun Dee Hill

    Much respect to him.

  • Melanie Gantner

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

  • Cells Colin

    That’s what the interviewer said lol

  • Bryan Bch

    Have to go for the knockout next time U0001f4aaU0001f3fd

  • Jason Nguyen

    Sammy Sanchez Jr watch this

  • Ricardo Ramos

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

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  • Blas Rey Jr

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

  • Cells Colin

    Hahaha viva cinnamon!!

  • Travis Travis

    He’s an idiot who pushed the wrong brother. He’s gonna get sparked lol.

  • Travis Travis

    Call me after he gets laid out.

  • Travis Travis

    Call me when Hatley gets knocked out cold.

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    He know who he pushed playboy U0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f4af he want him 2 U0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f4af

  • Greg Henington

    We still love u trout!!

  • Benjamin Helman

    Let’s go Austin

  • Benjamin Helman

    Hate bth Charlos

  • Richard Fair

    Still Champ. You right bro. Politics.

  • Nellie Fragoso

    Stay classy!!! U0001f44dU0001f3fcU0001f60d

  • Annette Rodriguez Telles

    What an amazing man! So humble, God bless you Austin Trout!

  • Lyndon Brandy

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

  • Ronald Mccullough

    Travis Travis not going to happen

  • Joshua Keenan Eisemann

    Charlo going to win but I think it will be a hell of a brawl! Hope it’s held at the [email protected] stadium hahah that would be sick being the Houston Dallas rivalry we have… Can’t wait for the fight.

  • Joshua Keenan Eisemann

    This is going to be a great fight! Should be at the AT&T stadium but prob won’t be able to fill that many seats

  • Joshua Keenan Eisemann

    Doesn’t he have 2 belts that he wants? Or I am I wrong?

  • Joshua Keenan Eisemann

    Nvm forgot he vacated the wbc title

  • 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.

  • Kolyn Polo Boyd

    Darell snaka tooth ass lol

  • Robert N Roxy Araiza

    Team Canelo all the way

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    Don’t think so ☝☝💯💯

  • Brandon Courtney

    Met him at the mall

  • Kelvin Griffith

    It’s on son

  • Gonzales Jazzmin

    Lmao now that is some bs

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ken Johnson

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

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  • Dre Wallace

    Hatley gon get at boy lol Delvon Lbn Walker

  • Waniac Sanders

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

  • 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

    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.

  • Ray Walker

    Them some big boys lol

  • Ray Walker

    This why Canelo won’t fight them he don’t have a chance in hell

  • Jay Belliard

    Austin Trout Got Robbed!

  • Jay Belliard

    Canelo Don’t Want No Parts Of Those Boyz!

  • Ray Walker

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

  • Ray Walker

    Jab his damn face off

  • Jay Belliard

    That Midget Only Likes Fighting Guys Smaller Than Him

  • Jay Belliard

    I Had Trout Winning Tho. All Those Damns Counter Punches

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    C.H gone whoop both them brothers doeU0001f44aU0001f44aU0001f44aU0001f44aU0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f4afU0001f440U0001f440

  • Pushkin Itch Vladimir

    Good head movement like Mike he could get pass tha jab but he don’t so he can’tU0001f4afU0001f44a

  • Jacci PeachMe Harrison

    That’s who I wnt my nephew ta get @ that ass ..this ain’t wut he want

  • Roderick Willis

    Job well done sir!!

  • Leonard Edwards

    Ray you crazy as hell canelo would knock they ass out

  • Leonard Edwards

    Joshua Keenan Eisemann you crazy as hell

  • Rashad Myers

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

  • Fred Winkler

    Very classy man, glad to be his supporter!

  • James Freeney

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

  • Emanuel Maya

    Why was Charles Hatley looking like Barnie U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

  • 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…

  • Kyron Dryden

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

  • Kyron Dryden

    Brothers straight in U0001f602U0001f602

  • Benji Fono

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

  • Terrence Arrington

    Very classy much respect!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Nick Royer

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