By Ryan Burton
On June 9th Austin Trout (31-4) will have a chance to become a world champion again when he faces WBC super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (30-0) at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. The fight along with the Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares rematch will be televised by Showtime.
Trout lost his title to Canelo Alvarez in 2013 and is very confident that he will become a champion once again when he faces Charlo.
"That is all I think about, being a champion again. Beating Jermell is going to be my career defining win in my opinion," said Trout.
The 32-year-old was an interested observer of the recent 154 pound unification bout between his former opponents Jarrett Hurd and Erislandy Lara. Hurd dropped Lara in the 12th round to secure a split decision win and unify the WBA and IBF titles.
Trout said the outcome was about what he expected.
"It was a good performance. I knew that was going to happen. He was going to overwhelm Lara because he is relentless and he has the will of a champion. I am happy to see him get those two belts because I am going to get this belt and I am screwing up the Charlo-Hurd unification that they are talking about and I will get my rematch back," Trout told BoxingScene.com.
He was referring of course to the talk of a potential Hurd-Charlo unification fight at the end of the year.
Trout admitted that he feels that he is being underestimated but insists that with his recent uptick in activity that he will be a much sharper fighter.
"It kind of pisses me off. It is added motivation," said Trout. "When I fought Mall I had a 9, 10 month layoff. When I fought Hurd it was a 17 month layoff. So now you guys get an active Austin Trout which is one of the best Austin's there can be."
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