AUSTIN TROUT: ‘I’M GOING TO TAKE THAT BELT’
Former World Champion Heads to Las Vegas
For 154-Pound Title Showdown May 21
Against Jermall Charlo Live on SHOWTIME®
At The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
‘I don’t see this being a boring fight; he’s going to bring it,
I’m going to bring it’ – Austin Trout
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2016) – Austin Trout (30-2, 17 KOs), the former
super welterweight world champion, is ready to collect his second world title on
Saturday, May 21 when he meets IBF Junior Middleweight world champion
Jermall Charlo in a 12-round match live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
from The Chelsea, a one-of- a-kind 40,000-square- foot venue inside The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
“It’s my time,” said Trout. “My focus is amplified 10-fold. I’m the confident, happy
Austin that fans know, but trust me, when it’s fight time I’m ready for any dogfight
that comes. You’ll see Austin bring out and defeat the ‘Lion’ in him because at the
end of the day I’m taking that belt.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB
Promotions, are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $39, and are available online
at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000
Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Trout is trained by
Barry Hunter and Louie Burke of Headbangers Gym in Washington D.C. Having
started boxing at the age of 10, his natural talent and the ability to grow into the
sport took Austin across the United States and Latin America in the amateur
divisions and then into the pros. Known as one of the fiercest gentlemen
competitors in the sport, he beat the likes of Miguel Cotto, Rigoberto Alvarez and
Delvin Rodriguez, before losing his title to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Trout comes into
May 21 looking to claim a title in a division he’s been a true threat within for his
You’ve said you’ve been led to this fight, why is it important?
“Coming off of four consecutive wins, I’m not just on a comeback streak but I’m
taking a full step forward. Charlo is the champ, this fight is about no more half
stepping. It’s about taking on the best. Isn’t that what it’s about, being the best?”
How is camp going?
“I physically feel great. I’m really comfortable with Barry, it’s my fourth camp with
the Headbangers team; Luis is there as well. Luis helps me with pre-camp and then I
shift to D.C.
“I was already in D.C. getting camp started when the rumors about this fight came
true. I had been at the gym at home for pre-camp for a month and a half before
hitting D.C. I was working out five times a week, running every day just getting the
program going. As I said, no half-stepping. I’m already sparring, doing the work,
getting right. I’m not walking through it but running and trotting through it. I’m 30,
I’m at my physical peak, my talent couldn’t be any better.”
Talk about the fight and what to expect?
“Neither one of us is going out without a fight, so I don’t see this being a boring fight.
It’s time for people to remember me. I’ve earned this championship shot against an
undefeated bull like Jermall Charlo but I will take his belt. “
Your first professional loss was against ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in San Antonio in
2013. What are your thoughts on that fight?
“I had a good, competitive fight with Saul – it felt like a unification bout – I was WBA
champion and he was WBC champion. The open scoring was more detrimental to
my game plan thea the judges! During the fight when I was told that I wasn’t
winning on anyone’s cards I had to change my game plan. It was a dogfight. Canelo
never had to box and move that much before in a fight.
“But, live and learn. Instead of walking into a fight like that I listened to those
around me. No more surprises. This Charlo fight is a fight I want, a fight my team
wants and we’re ready. I’m a more mature, focused champion who’s coming back.
I’m dangerous – I have experience, talent and God on my side.”
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Hanna Bolte, Bolte Media
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