Sunday, April 21, 2013

Trout falls to Alvarez in unanimous decision

(Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, left, lands a punch on Austin Trout during the 12th round of their 154-pound unification title bout Saturday/Associated Press photo)

Austin Trout, the Las Cruces boxer, lost to Canelo Alvarez on unanimous decision Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

The humbling truth is that it wasn't incredibly surprising: Alvarez is a power puncher, Trout a finesse fighter. Considering such, Trout would have had to likely take the fight the distance and hope a decision would go in his favor when all was said and done.

With that as the backdrop, Trout was also fighting an uphill battle via the decision makers. Three of four officials (three judges and referee) represented the WBC (Alvarez was the WBC junior middleweight champion entering the fight). The match was also in San Antonio, Texas, giving Alvarez the home advantage on his side. In other words, not only would Trout likely have to take the fight a full 12 rounds, he'd also have to win in convincing fashion for a decision to go his way.

That's not to say Alvarez didn't win the fight outright, because it appeared he did (even if it was closer than some cards would have suggested). He's a quality fighter, and it showed it Saturday against an underdog.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Trout threw more punches, 769-431, and landed more, 154-124. Alvarez, though, definitely landed the harder shots. I thought this was a much closer fight than the scorecards. 118-109? Come on.

For anyone who doesn't know, they are trying to set up Canelo Alvarez vs. Floyd Mayweather. Boxing is about Pay-Per-View fights.

Trout, despite battling uphill odds, fought well and sounded like a class act afterwards. I hope he made a good paycheck for this one. He deserves it.