Former world champion Austin Trout has predicted his clash with WBC king Jermell Charlo will steal the show on June 9.
The pair will go toe-to-toe as they feature as the main support of the undercard between featherweight champions Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares in L.A.
Trout, who was defeated by twin brother Jermall, admitted he’s feeling rejuvenated following his most recent victory over Juan De Angel.
“We’re going out there to steal the show. Which will be hard to do because the main event is a barnburner. But I just hope they’re not sleeping on me, because they’ve awoken a sleeping giant. I’ve been busy and active so I feel like I’m very dangerous right now,” he said.
“I respect Charlo because he didn’t have to take this fight. Now it’s time to get it on. When I fought his brother, I remember people counted me out and said history had been made before I even stepped into the ring. I’m here again to try to stop the ‘Charlo Show’ and start the ‘Trout Show.'”
Trout, a former WBA holder, is aiming to for successive wins and has cited his recent ring activity will be a decisive factor. The southpaw fighter compared the Charlo brothers attributes.
“I’m very excited about this fight. I love fighting in Los Angeles. I’m undefeated here and I plan to remain undefeated here. Being at STAPLES Center is a great honor. I’m a big basketball fan so I know what that building means.
“The Charlo’s act similar, but they’re not the same and they definitely don’t fight the same. I think the difference in this fight is that I’ve been busier leading up to it. I just fought in February so my skills were more refined coming into this camp.
“We started camp already 50 percent of the way there because of my recent activity and it’s allowed me to work even more on game plan. We’re going to be prepared for everything he has. It’s going to add up to my victory.
“My skills are going to be sharper than fans are used to seeing in recent years. The dog in me is fully ready to go. I’m starving. I feel like I’m young and this is my opportunity to prove I’m still the king of this division.
“I’m just using the past disappoints as motivation. Including the fight against Jermall. That’s all the fuel that I need.
“On June 9 you can expect to see my hand raised. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a dogfight. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m going to come out on top. That belt is going to look on me,” added Trout.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95