The best of the junior middleweight division likely will be on display May 21 on Showtime with three world title fights in an all-154-pound tripleheader.
According to the network, plans are in the works for a card that would feature Jermall Charlo (23-0, 18 KOs) making his second defense against former titleholder Austin Trout (30-2, 17 KOs) in the main event.
The other bouts would be Jermell Charlo (27-0, 12 KOs), Jermall’s twin brother, facing John Jackson (20-2, 15 KOs), son of former two-division titlist, for one of the belts left vacant by Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, and titleholder Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) defending his belt for the fourth time in a rematch against Vanes Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KOs). They fought to a draw a 2012 title elimination bout.
The site is not set, but Houston, hometown of the Charlo brothers, and the Foxwoods resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, are among the leading candidates.
There is a possibility that Charlo-Jackson could instead land on Showtime’s June 11 event at the Turning Stone resort in Verona, New York. That card is topped by former junior welterweight titlist Ruslan Provodnikov’s network debut against John Molina Jr. but is also expected to include former junior middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) against Charles Hatley (26-1-1, 18 KOs) in a title eliminator, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger for the Charlo-Jackson winner.
There is a chance that contender Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) could wind up facing Andrade because Artie Pelullo, Andrade’s co-promoter, and Hatley promoter Don King are in the midst of major difficulties making a deal.
If Charlo-Jackson takes place on the May 21 card, Showtime said it plans to add a third fight to the June 11 card so both shows would be tripleheaders.