More than three years after their unsatisfying technical draw, Erislandy Lara and Vanes Matirosyan are set to fight once again on May 21st at a venue to be named. The co-feature will see Jermall Charlo look for his second title defense against Austin Trout.
The relevant parties are reportedly looking to hold the fight in Texas; since both Lara and Charlo fight out of Houston, that seems logical.
Lara (22-2-2, 13 KO) has won three straight since his split decision loss to Canelo Alvarez, starting with a decision over Ishe Smith to earn the WBA super welterweight title. He followed that up by sweeping Delvin Rodriguez on the scorecards for the IBO title and defending both belts by thrashing Jan Zaveck in three. Matirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KO), meanwhile, dropped a decision to Jermell Charlo two Marches ago, then rebounded last September with a decision over the aforementioned Smith.
The co-feature is, in my obviously-correct opinion, the more intriguing fight. Jermall (23-0, 18 KO), AKA the one that actually hurts people, has knocked out sixteen of his last seventeen and looked excellent in doing so. Trout (30-2, 17 KO), however, represents his stiffest test to date. The thirty-year-old was last seen stopping Joey Hernandez with body shots on PBC.
It's a solid double-header overall; we'll let you know once they pick a place and network.