This coming Saturday from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas boxing fans have been given the rare privilege of bearing witness to a battle between two undefeated world light middleweight champions as they meet to unify their world titles. This huge spectacle features popular Mexican rising star and WBC world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez against Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout, the WBA world champion.
May 06 20130 comments
Recognised by his red hair, Alvarez hailing from the tough neighbourhoods in Guadalajara, Mexico has amassed an impressive 41 wins from 42 fights, with the only blemish on his record being a draw in his 5th fight. At only 22 years of age, Canelo has been putting down his opponents with ease through sheer power and brute strength having won by knockout in 75% of his bouts. Much has been written about his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions strongly protecting their prized asset by placing him in the ring against fighters past their prime and posing very little danger, however one must applaud his decision to turn his back on a less risky fight, by signing on the dotted lines to fight Trout, a very highly skilled technician. “On Saturday, after defeating Trout, I will raise my hand and my belt and will be thinking of my brother. That belt is his.” Alvarez claimed at the press conference in reference to an early 2011 fight in which Trout defeated his brother, Rigoberto to win the WBA belt.
Austin Trout enters the ring with a very impressive resume of having fought over 200 times as an amateur, with his last fight being a title defence against the tough Miguel Cotto, in which Trout was considered a 3-1 underdog. Trout not only beat Cotto, a genuine world title contender, but dominated on the scorecards enroute to a unanimous decision win. The affable down to earth boxer from El Paso, Texas has been considered one of the most avoided boxers over the past few years and rightly so as his southpaw style has proved many problems for his opponents to land a telling blow on him for much of his career.
There has been talk that this match up is a mirror reflection of the infamous Julio Cesar Chavez Snr vs Pernell Whittaker fight that took place at the same venue nearly twenty years ago and as the old adage rings true ‘Style makes fights’, what Alvarez brings in raw punching power and determination, Trout more than matches in skill and evasion. “My strategy is to win by any means possible. Whether it is brawling, boxing, moving, sticking there, staying there, whatever I need to do. We’re going to win.” Trout mentioned at the press conference, indicating that he would do whatever it took to win.
This is a fight where the winner will not only become the Ring Undisputed World Light Middleweight Champion, but will almost certainly fight the undefeated pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather in their next bout. Hold onto your seats ladies and gentlemen, this is a fight that will deliver on its hype….
Preview by Dylan Howard