Weeknights just got exciting – tune in for the first Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesday on Fox Sports 1 at 9pm ET

Two southpaws—one a former champ looking to return to glory,

the other a dangerous veteran hoping to position himself for his own title shot headline a

Premier Boxing Champions card Tuesday at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

The debut of Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Trout vs Hernandez Fight Preview and Lara vs Rojas Fight Preview 

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 Fight Preview

Tuesday September 8, 2015–  Austin Trout (29-2-0, 16 KOs) has used a three-fight winning streak to battle his way back to top-contender status in the 154-pound division. Now he’ll try to inch closer to another title shot with a victory over Joey Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Trout’s trio of victories featured a pair of stoppages, including a seventh-round technical knockout of Luis Galarza in May. The streak comes on the heels of consecutive defeats, the only setbacks of Trout’s career.

The tough-nosed Hernandez dropped decisions to tough opponents in two of his last three outings—losing to former world champion Cornelius Bundrage and unbeaten Julian Williams. However, his victory over Jose Miguel Rodriguez Berrio in October was a seventh-round TKO—in fact, 12 of the Miami native’s last 14 victims have failed to make it to the final bell.

At the end of 2012, Austin Trout was on top of the 154-pound division after successfully defending his title for a fourth time with a unanimous-decision victory over Miguel Cotto. But then Trout ran into adversity, as the Las Cruces, New Mexico, native dropped consecutive unanimous decisions to Canelo Alvarez in April 2013 and Erislandy Lara in December 2013.

Proving his championship mettle, Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) has since rebounded with three straight victories (the last two by knockout). On September 8, his quest to regain a 154-pound championship continues against fellow southpaw Joey Hernandez as Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays debuts on FOX Sports 1 in Los Angeles.

This will be Trout’s third consecutive fight under trainer Barry Hunter, with Trout’s longtime cornerman, Louie Burke, serving as an assistant.

“This is an important fight,” said the 29-year-old Trout. “Winning should get me within inches of my next title fight.”

Hoping to spoil those plans at the Hollywood Palladium is Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 KOs), a crafty 30-year-old Cuban-American from Miami who has dropped two of his last three bouts.

Hernandez sandwiched a seventh-round stoppage of Jose Miguel Rodriguez Berrio between unanimous-decision losses to current champion Cornelius Bundrage and unbeaten Julian Williams, the latter in April.

With Trout looking to continue his resurgence and Hernandez hoping to get his career back on track, this fight doesn’t figure to lack for action.

lara vs rojas

Fight Preview 

Thanks to a near-perfect start to his career, Jorge Lara has steadily climbed up the 130-pound rankings. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native can move another step closer to earning his first title shot if he can take down once-beaten Jesus Rojas.

Lara (27-0-1, 19 KOs) has knocked out seven of his last eight opponents, including a first-round demolition of Mario Macias in his most recent bout in March. Not to be outdone, Rojas (21-1-1, 15 KOs) has dropped two of his last three foes.

Combined, Lara and Rojas have scored 36 knockouts in their 48 victories, which means the fists figure to be flying in this scheduled 10-round bout.

Not only has defeating Jorge Lara been an exercise in futility through the southpaw’s first 28 career fights, but just remaining upright against him has been a challenge. In his past eight bouts, the Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, native has scored seven knockouts, including a first-round stoppage of Mario Macias in his most recent outing March 7 in Las Vegas.

Lara (27-0-1, 19 KOs) looks to make Jesus Rojas (21-1, 15 KOs) his latest victim when the two heavy hitters square off in what is expected to be an explosive 126-pound co-feature on the first Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays card on Fox Sports 1.

While Lara returns to the ring after a six-month layoff, Rojas has been out of action since August 2014, when he scored a unanimous-decision victory over Jose Angel Beranza—a triumph that avenged the 28-year-old’s lone professional defeat.

Prior to defeating Beranza, Rojas—who hails from Caguas, Puerto Rico, home of four-division champion Miguel Cotto—had recorded consecutive knockout victories over Juan Jose Beltran and Juan Carlos Pena.

Given their combined numbers—36 knockouts in 50 fights, including nine in their last 10—it’s a good bet that this one won’t go the full 10 rounds.

The debut of Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

(Article Courtesy of PBC)

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