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Boxing notes: Trout to face Gausha in critical bout

Boxer Austin Trout of Las Cruces, shown during a 2013 fight, realizes he must capitalize on his latest chance to compete for a world title. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Las Cruces’ Austin Trout has signed for what could be a career-making or career-breaking fight.

He’s also signed on as an endorser for a company that manufactures cannabis-based products.

Trout (31-5, 17 knockouts) is scheduled to face 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (21-1, 10 KOs) on May 25 at Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss.. It’s the 10-round main event of a card to be staged by Premier Boxing Champions (Al Haymon) in collaboration with TGB Promotions (Tom Brown).

The New Mexico southpaw has not fought since last June, when he lost by majority decision to Jermell Charlo. All five of Trout’s losses have come in his last 10 fights, three of those in his last four.

It should be noted that all five of those losses came against opponents (Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Jermall Charlo, Jarrett Hurd, Jermell Charlo) who hold or have held world titles. Trout himself is a former world champion, having been the WBA junior middleweight champion from February 2011 to April 2013.

Regardless, at age 33, Trout needs a victory over Gausha if he’s to remain a viable candidate for another shot at a world title.

Gausha, 31, in October 2017 lost to Lara by unanimous decision in his only world title bid. He, as well, should be highly motivated.

Trout and Gausha, a right-hander, have three common opponents. Both have lost to Lara by unanimous decision. Trout beat Luis Grajeda by sixth-round TKO; Gausha beat Grajeda by eight-round unanimous decision. Gausha beat Joey Hernandez by first-round KO; Trout beat Hernandez by sixth-round KO.

KANNAWAY: Trout was announced on Wednesday as having endorsed Kannaway, a company that produces cannabidiol (CBD), a substance derived from the cannabis plant, in several different forms. Pure CBD does not contain Tetrahydracannibinol (THC), the chemical that produces most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

In a testimonial on kannaway.com, Trout is quoted as saying that as a result of his use of the company’s CBD products “my recovery has improved greatly and I use the salve on tired, overworked muscles. I feel like I recover from workouts faster now and I have less discomfort after.”

The United States Anti-Doping Agency does not classify CBD as a banned substance – it does classify THC as such, at least in competition – but warns that “it is very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain a pure CBD extract or oil from the cannabis plant.

“… It is impossible to know how much THC or other cannabinoids are in a CBD product just from looking at the label. … The use of any CBD product is at the athlete’s own risk.”

NEXT FOR SANCHEZ: Albuquerque featherweight Jason Sanchez is scheduled to fight on a May 11 Top Rank, Inc. card in Tucson, Jordan Perez, his Albuquerque promoter, posted on social media.

Top Rank Vice President Bruce Trampler confirmed that Sanchez is scheduled to appear on the Tucson undercard, which will be streamed on ESPN+. No opponent has been selected, Trampler said.

Sanchez (14-0, seven KOs) is a Top Rank contract fighter. He came to the international promotional firm’s attention in October, when he upset Top Rank fighter Jean Carlos Rivera by unanimous decision in Panama.

After signing with Top Rank, Sanchez made his debut in February as a TR contract fighter with a second-round TKO of Daniel Olea in Frisco, Texas.

LEO’S REVIEWS: Albuquerque native Angelo Leo’s April 5 victory in Las Vegas, Nev., over Neil John Tabanao has earned widespread praise.

Leo won on the scorecards, 100-90, 100-90 and 100-89, meaning he was awarded a two-point round by one judge even though there were no knockdowns.

The two-point round likely came, according to ring.com, as a result of Leo’s punishing work in the later rounds “when Leo’s relentless body punching and physicality had worn down the durable Filipino and the fight’s competitiveness had disappeared.”

Leo’s performance also drew praise from Tabanao (17-5, 11 KOs).

“Leo is a good fighter,” Tabanao said. “I know I lost the fight. I did what I could but he was really good. I started strong but on the second half he took over. He fought very well on the inside. He’s really good at short range. He deserved the win.”

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