Austin Trout: Jermell Charlo was the stronger than Canelo

Austin Trout is in a unique spot. He has fought Canelo Alvarez and he has fought Jermell Charlo - losing close fights to both, and probably feeling he should've won both fights as well.

The former WBA junior middleweight world champion recently caught up with KO Artists Sports and recalled his experience with fighting the duo, who will do battle on Showtime pay-per-view on September 30th. 

"My experience with both men, I walked Canelo down, I was on the back foot with Charlo," said Trout when talking to KO Artists Sports. "[It]  was a 5-year difference, but nonetheless Charlo was the stronger man at 154."

This might come as a shock to some as Jermell Charlo has never competed at a world-class level above the junior middleweight limit, whereas Canelo Alvarez fought up to light heavyweight and holds the undisputed super middleweight world title crown. This also gives some credence to early water cooler talk around Jermell Charlo looking bigger than Canelo Alvarez at the press conferences. 

"Yeah, [Charlo] put me down twice, Canelo put me down once, [and] I came back and won the round, but they didn't give me credit for it," furthered Trout. "With Charlo, I had to outbox him, I couldn’t walk him down or try to out-brawl him."

Trout further remembered how he fought Canelo Alvarez, and explained that the fight was the exact opposite of the Charlo fight. Trout remembers himself as the one forcing the fight and at times being able to have success bullying Canelo. 

"With Canelo, they forced me to walk him down and brawl him," recalled Trout. "I was able to and had some success with it”

This now adds a new wrinkle into one of the biggest fights of the fall.