The card features a rematch between Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KO) and Vanes Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KO), Jermall Charlo versus Austin Trout, and Jermell Charlo versus John Jackson. We cover the first two match ups with similar methodology.
An assessment of Lara alone sufficiently covers Lara-Martirosyan; likewise with Austin Trout.
The problems with Lara are his low punch output and the predictability of his straight left hand. Lara is not likely to knock out Martirosyan, and so considering his low output Martirosyan will be competitive by default. Martirosyan is solid: he has power in both hands, but squares his shoulders in the on guard position to clearly favor his left hook.
Let us stick to Lara. Lara-Martirosyan I ended in a technical draw when the fight was stopped in the ninth round from a clash of heads created a cut over the left eye of Martirosyan to obstruct his vision. In that match, Lara seemed to present one trick, his straight left hand. Martirosyan was able to frequently step out of range and force Lara to overreach in attempts to land to the body. There was no effective use of the lead hand from Lara. As usual, Lara made Martirosyan miss frequently but was so far out of range that he normally could not counter – which he did correct in round eight when he began having success countering Martirosyan with his straight left hand.
As Martirosyan likes to instinctively back away, Lara's ability to land punches will be contingent upon him throwing more than one jab or one left hand at a time.
Lara-Martirosyan will likely end in a close decision either way.
I truly have a problem favoring Austin Trout (30-2, 17 KO) over any top junior welterweight. For I regard Trout as a technical boxer who is not as athletically gifted as one would expect of a boxer. While he tends to tap and slap with his jab, Trout's stance is typically wide and flat-footed while seemingly off-balance. Truthfully, Trout lacks the authoritative power to keep pressure fighters off of him, yet he also cannot keep up with the better athletes among pure boxers. I expect a very decision unanimous decision win by prospect Jermall Charlo (23-0, 18 KO).
Both of these matches are in the junior welterweight division. Jermall and Jermell Charlo and Erislandy Lara have the same trainer and have stated that they will not fight each other. Regardless of outcome, an interesting future match to look forward to is Martirosyan-Trout. Jermall Charlo is the current IBF champion and Lara hold the WBA title.
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