SAUL ALVAREZ-AUSTIN TROUT: BOTH MEXICO & U.S. DECLARE WAR!

March 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout

SHOWTIME “STEALS” MEGA MATCH

San Francisco, CA- You cannot dismiss the importance of the April 20 Showtime 154 lb. unification match between WBA titleholder Austin Trout and the WBC counterpart Saul Alvarez. This fight will answer the junior middleweight question as to who is better, Saul or Trout, but it will also be a watershed match for the winner regardless of who it is as the victor steps into an “elite” class that is virtually non-existent outside of a handful of boxers.

WHICH IS IT: CANELO OR AVOCADO?

Alvarez, known as ”Canelo” (Cinnamon in English) is also the Michael Jordan Mexico. After this fight we’ll know if he’s a ripened pugilistic cantaloupe or still green like guacamole. At 41-0-1, 30 KOs, the 22-year old has yet to be in a “real” fight thus far which can be attributed to his “budding” talent and careful matchmaking. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Alvarez will need to “impose his will” against Trout and fight on the inside if not off the 27-year old southpaw’s chest. Saul’s people see Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) as the inferior fight in close. Working the Trout torso up and down while up close and personal would reap great rewards and nab him a win on points or inside the distance.

TOUGH TO “DOUBT” AUSTIN TROUT

Talking about imposing an inside fight and doing it is two distinctively different things as Trout, an accomplished boxer who was a 2004 Olympic team alternate, will do his best to keep that lead right foot on the outside (but) at a safe difference. Should Austin be able to do this, Saul will be reaching and getting picked apart as he knocks on the door of the Las Cruces, NM native. If Saul cannot get in close, the almost-iconic Mexican fighter will lose on points or get stopped should he get reckless late.

THE POWER OF SAUL OR THE BOXING OF TROUT?


The pairing matches almost identical fighters (statistically) as they are within an inch of one another in reach and height. Expect a lot of money on the Mexican phenom as the wise-guys are split 50-50 on this one meaning the knowledgeable are betting both ways. I like Trout here because of the amateur pedigree and his being left-handed.

SHOWTIME MAKING BOLD MOVES OF LATE!

As I mentioned earlier, Showtime Championship Boxing has landed this potential mega-match. Kudos to Stephen Espinosa, Showtime sports boss, who is dealing better cards to his viewers than HBO czar Ken Hershman. Prior to securing Trout-Alvarez, Showtime inked up Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the rest of his boxing life. They just need to improve their number of subscribers like three-fold to catch HBO in quantity. As for quality, Showtime appears to have HBO already in the rear view mirror from a boxing fan’s perspective.

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. Been waiting for someone to dust Canelo off for a long time. That British dude that fought him in Mexico City, put on a boxing exhibition without throwing a punch. If he wouldn’t have thrown there would be no Canelo right now. Easy fight for Trout.

    Hammer Fists on March 13th, 2013 at 11:28 PM
  2. I like Trout as well but I think they rob him like they did Whitaker twenty years ago. I heard the cheapest seats are going for 10 dollars! It will be interesting to see how many people show up.It will also be interesting to see how many ppv’s Floyd puts up without Mexico’s golden boy fighting on his undercard.

    David in Dunedin on March 14th, 2013 at 7:03 AM
  3. hammer fists. you are giving too much creditto trout and not enuff to canelo. this is no easy fight for either of them. trout beat a slow fighter in cotto. canelo is younger faster and stronger

    Big Al on March 14th, 2013 at 10:05 AM
  4. Definitely gotta give it up to all involved. Fantastic match up. I’ll give my prediction at a later date.

    Tyrone on March 14th, 2013 at 10:07 AM
  5. Both fighters have talent but looking deeper, Canelo has that Keith Thurman smell to him. A fighter with 40 plus fights finally matched up against a prime guy makes me think GBP isnt quite as sold as they want us to believe. Canelo’s a money maker but the fact that he was kept away from E. Lara (a fighter who would beat him using slick skills) means they know Canelo’s good, but not a world beater. Much like Thurman, Golden Boy has used guys who dont pose a serious threat to raise his stock (I hear Richard Schaefer is flying to Puerto Rico next week to go to Hector Camachos grave and offer him a contract to fight Thurman..who by the way, made an ass out of himself trying to clown Maliggnaggi..oops…wrong move against a talker like Paulie). Canelo getting hit by a natural 154 pounder will make all the difference on his pale skin. The height, reach, southpaw factor and educated jab in his face all night will be a problem. Trout by hard fought decision (but wouldnt be surprised if Canelo gets it by “split” decision. Dont forget…money talks and a Mayweather fight is looming.

    Joel on March 14th, 2013 at 11:48 AM
  6. Great fight. Nice to finally see Canelo step up. It really is a pick ‘em matchup. If it goes to the cards, I have a feeling Canelo wins regardless of the actual outcome. He’s the draw here and they’ll want to keep him relevant.

    Zak on March 14th, 2013 at 2:22 PM
  7. Dang, tough one. I believe Canelo will win this fight. Cotto, as a smaller fighter at 154, found a way to apply occasional pressure/body shots on Trout, and Trout looked uncomfortable and tired from moving to disrupt Cotto’s pressure. Cotto’s jab kept Trout at bay on occasion as well. Unfortunately, Cotto was unable to consistently apply enough pressure to close the distance for more jabs, body shots and left hooks on Trout. I believe a bigger-“meaner” Canelo will use his underrated jab and subtle foot movements to close the distance on Trout. In comparison to avoiding Cotto’s pressure, Trout will expend much more energy avoiding Canelo’s pressure. After closing the distance with the jab, Canelo’s heavy body punching, underrated hand speed and left hooks will lead to Trout’s exhaustion and TKO downfall in the later rounds (maybe 10th or 11th). E-Man.

    E-Man on March 14th, 2013 at 7:28 PM
  8. CANELO BY DECISON. THE FIGHT IS IN TEXAS (DICKEY COLE COUNTRY), TROUT IS AT A GREAT DISADVATAGE HERE ALREADY. HE WILL HAVE TO KNOCK OUT CANELO TO WIN GET A WIN TEXAS.ONCE AGAIN I SEE THE TEXASS BOXING COMISSION HAVING A HAND IN THIS ONE.MORE THAN LIKELY LAWRANCE COLE WILL REF THIS SO AS TO MAKE SURE TROUT GETS POINTS DEDUCTED.
    TRUOT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE (TRUCHA) AS HE IS GOING TO HAVE THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER HIM.

    RAY YBARRA on March 18th, 2013 at 1:43 AM
  9. Joel,

    Seriously, Erislandy Lara? The guy who got a Gift Draw with Carlos Molina and Vanes? That Lara? Lara still has to beat a contendor. It’s a close fight on paper. Whoever canimpose their style will win.

    SKERGE

    SKERGE on March 20th, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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