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Jermall Charlo vs. Austin Trout tops likely Showtime twin bill in Houston

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Jermell Charlo (left) has split with trainer Ronnie Shields, who trains his twin Jermall, but the brothers remain close. Photo by Naoki Fukuda

Jermell Charlo (left) and twin brother Jermall are all smiles. Photo: Naoki Fukuda

An intriguing doubleheader featuring a pair of Houston-based fighters has likely found a home where selling tickets and harvesting backyard appeal shouldn’t be a problem.

Jermall Charlo is set to defend his junior middleweight title against former titleholder Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara has a rematch with Vanes Martirosyan in another junior middleweight title fight. Both matches are slated for May 21 and are likely headed to Houston on the Showtime network, a source told on Tuesday. Though the deal hasn’t been finalized, the source said it was “nearing completion.”

Both IBF titleholder Charlo (23-0, 18 knockouts) and WBA champion Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) train under the tutelage of the Houston-based trainer Ronnie Shields. While Charlo is TexasÔÇöbred, Lara is a Cuban transplant who now resides in Houston.

Martirosyan, who fought to a technical draw with Lara in 2012, announced the May date on social media on Tuesday. “May 21st I will be Champion of the world!” he wrote on his Twitter account. Boxingscene’s Jake Donovan was the first to report Houston as a location for the doubleheader. reported nearly two weeks ago that Showtime was looking to package the Charlo-Trout bout with Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow, Russia in a May 21 evening telecast. Now it may package three title fights instead of two.