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Jermall Charlo is one of the best young fighters in boxing and is listed as the -700 betting “chalk”

Saturday from Las Vegas I.B.F. 154 Lb. world champion Jermall Charlo will defend his belt against top-10 contender Austin Trout at 10 PM ET on Showtime. Jermall Charlo vs Austin Trout Odds have Charlo as a -700 betting favorite with 60% of the boxing predictions on Trout at +450. Charlo, 23-0, 18 KO’s, won the I.B.F. strap by splitting open prospect Wilky Campfort’s eyeball with a vicious uppercut in a KO stoppage. Trout, 30-2, 17 KO’s, stopped journeyman Joey Hernandez via 6th round stoppage to set up his title shot. Can the slick southpaw Trout regain the magic that helped him beat Miguel Cotto as the heavy fight odds underdog? ESPN2 News handicappers give away their expert picks.  Sign up at BOVADA.LV and Get $250 Free to Bet on Boxing

Austin Trout – Boxer:  The 30-year old Boxer/Puncher Austin “No Doubt” Trout is a well-proportioned 5’9″ 1/2″southpaw from New Mexico. Trout fights long for his size and can control fights with his fast and active jab.  Trout was a good amateur with over 150 fights and displays good overall boxing acumen. Trout has a nice offensive toolbox with a solid body attack, whistling uppercuts and accurate combinations. Trout is a slick fighter that knows how to roll his shoulders and counterpunch. “No Doubt” is a dependable performer with a strong work ethic, good conditioning and focus. Trout’s chin is solid but he has been on the deck a few times in his career.  The athletic Trout is a decent puncher but his knockouts are more a result of his quick hands than pure power. Trout’s signature win is against Miguel Cotto but he lost when he stepped up against Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez. Jermall Charlo vs Austin Trout Odds have Trout as a +450 underdog ($100 Bet pays out $450) at BOVADA SPORTSBOOK

Jermall Charlo – Boxer: The solidly built 6’0″ Puncher/Boxer Charlo is a fast-twitch fighter with explosive power in both hands. Charlo is considered one of the best young fighters in the sport and his package of power, speed, combination punching and skill make that boast a valid claim. “The Hitman” is aggressive and explosive with a long, powerful jab (73″ reach). Charlo knows how to use his reach effectively and is a difficult target to catch cleanly with his shifty movement. Charlo can also fight toe-to-toe and shorten his punches up on the inside with devastating effect. Charlo, 26, is poised and knows how to pick his spots and set up punches with feints.  Charlo’s chin is relatively untested and he has never faced above a B-level fighter. Charlo has never went the 12-round distance with his longest bout 10 rounds.  Jermall Charlo vs Austin Trout Odds have Trout as a -700 betting favorite ($700 Bet Pays Out $800 at BOVADA SPORTSBOOK

ESPN2 News Boxing Predictions: Jermall Charlo by decision

Head-To-Head Boxing Picks


Height/Reach: 9/7

Strength/Size: 8/7

Power: 9/7

Hand Speed/Accuracy: 8/7

Stamina: 8/7

Defense: 8/8

Chin: 8/8

Agility: 7/7

Jab: 9/8

Bodypunching/In-Fight: 8/7

Boxing Ability: 8/7

Intelligence: Charlo +1

Confidence/Focus: Charlo +1

Cuts/Injury/Age/Inactivity: Charlo +1

Judges Scoring: Charlo +1

Trainer: –

ESPN2 News Boxing Odds: Charlo -700

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