Charlo-Trout, Lara-Martirosyan to headline Texas card on May 21
By Joseph Correa
The city of Houston, Texas will play host to what looks to be a solid fight card on May 21 as its' hometown product and current IBF super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo (23-0, 18 KOs) will headline against crafty veteran, and often underestimated former world champion, Austin Trout (30-2, 17 KOs). Charlo is coming off of a dominant TKO victory over Wilky Campfort in the second round of their bout. Charlo looked very sharp and left Campfort with no answers en route to the stoppage due to a bizarre eye injury suffered by Campfort. The fight against Trout will be Charlo's second defense of his title and on paper, he looks to be facing a very stiff challenge.
Trout, 30, is coming off a knockout victory of his own, stopping Joey Hernandez in the sixth round with body shots last September. Trout is a crafty southpaw who is capable of troubling many fighters with his style and also owns a victory over former world champion Miguel Cotto in 2012. His two losses came at the hands Of Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara who are arguably two of the best fighters in the sport of boxing. Trout comes to win and will look to use his experience and boxing skills to upset the champion Charlo.
In a second bout, Cuban sensation and WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) will face Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan in a rematch of their 2012 fight, which came to a close in round 9 and was ruled a technical draw. A clash of heads caused a bad cut over the left eye of Martirosyan in this bout, forcing referee Jay Nady to stop the fight and go to the judge's scorecards.
The second fight will likely pick up from where the last ended and will hopefully be cleaner and render a true victor when the dust settles. This fight definitely has the potential to be very good and it will serve both fighters well if it turns out that way.