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Alvarez Shows New Side in Win Over Trout

DSC_8257The slick boxing Trout did what he was supposed to do. In front of 40,000 plus fans at the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, he controlled the distance and pace with his jab. He mixed it up, going often to the body. He threw more punches, displayed better combination punching, but he still lost the fight! How could that happen?

It happened because Saul “Canelo” Alvarez impressed a lot of people, including the judges, that he’s a pretty damn good defensive fighter as well as an aggressive one. Several times, Trout ripped off four and five punch combinations, and none landed. Then, just enough times, Canelo would land one of his sharper, more powerful shots. When his shots landed, they had an obvious effect on Trout, and would shake him from his shoe laces to the sweat on his brow. One particularly impressive shot occurred early into the seventh round. Trout carelessly threw out a rather soft jab from his southpaw stance, and Canelo followed it back with a sharp, straight right. Canelo’s punch landed right on the chin. It took Trout’s body a fraction of a second to react, but once it did, it resulted in an awkward little dance, which ended with “No Doubt” on the canvas. Continue reading

Alvarez and Cleverley ascend the ladder, the right way

10In an era of ever-increasing hype, where hollow records earn title shots and fans watch in exasperation as fighters spend much of their careers more intent on avoiding each other than testing themselves, two fighters last night demonstrated the right way to go about building a career.

In the very definition of a high risk, low reward fight, Canelo Alvarez pounded out a tough, close but clear points win over Austin Trout in a fight that should surely raise the reputation of both fighters. Alvarez’s rapid rise, at the age of just twenty-two, to dual world title holder has not been without its critics, with lacklustre performances against relatively limited opponents such as Alfonso Gomez and Matthew Hatton leading many to question his ability to adapt to opponents who do more than simply stand in front of him. Continue reading

Open Scoring Experiment: Did it Ruin the Alvarez-Trout Finish?

11The highly anticipated junior middleweight unification showdown between WBC champion Saul Alvarez and WBA titlist Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout started on a dramatic note before the action even got underway. The atmosphere at the Alamodome was simply electrifying. The high energy and intensity that exuded during the build-up to the opening bell was so powerful that it could even be felt by the television viewing audience, and it was contagious. Although this was not a hugely publicized contest that created massive appeal among casual fans, the entire event still possessed a magical mainstream vibe that almost helped make it seem far larger in its actual scope. The stage seemed set for something special.

The fight itself was a pretty good one, too. It was a classic competitive clash of contrasting styles, making close rounds very difficult to score. Trout was looking to work behind an active jab and keep Canelo at the end of it to maintain optimal range. Alvarez sought to avoid incoming fire and quietly sneak his way in to a more favorable distance where his explosive punching power could be better utilized. Both boxers had success at various points, with the nature of their styles dictating that Trout would control the action for longer stretches, but Alvarez’s superior pop made his moments more memorable. It was a close fight that became a chess match of sorts, with tactical maneuvering, several momentum shifts, adjustments and counter adjustments, a knockdown (scored by Alvarez in the seventh), and a fine overall display of skills and natural talent. Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez Unifies Super Welterweight Division With Unanimous Decision Over Austin Trout

002 Alvarez vs Trout IMG_3712 Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez unified the Super Welterweight Division with a unanimous decision victory over Austin Trout on Saturday in front of a raucous 39,247 crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Alvarez defended his WBC belt while capturing Trout’s WBA title and the vacant Ring Magazine Super Welterweight title with his signature power and incredible elusive defensive skills in a close contest. Judges at ringside scored the fight 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.

“Austin was a difficult fighter, but little by little I figured out how to fight him,” Canelo said. “I was connecting with my right and with my jab. My jab was perfect. It was the key.” Continue reading

Canelo’s performance disappointing in “win” over Trout

08I must say I’m really disappointed in WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s performance tonight in his controversial 12 round unanimous decision over WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

I had expected a lot better from Canelo than what I saw tonight. His stamina was horrible, his defense good, but his work rate was very poor. Canelo fought in a very lazy manner with him reminding me a lot of former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham the way that he failed to be busy and would get rounds given to him based on a tiny handful of landed power shots. Continue reading

Canelo defeats Trout by controversial decision in Texas

02In a badly scored fight, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) beat WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round decision tonight at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Trout was the much busier fighter and landed more shots. However, with the open scoring he had to push the fight a lot earlier than he wanted to, especially with one of the judges giving Canelo almost every round of the fight. The judges’ scores were 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.

Open scoring is a really bad idea because it allows the fighter leading the play defense like we saw tonight with Canelo. I had Trout winning by a lopsided decision. The only rounds I could give Canelo was the 2nd and the 7th. Other than those rounds, Canelo was getting out-jabbed and he wasn’t fighting hard enough to win the rounds. He was taking long breaks and then landing a couple of punches and still winning the rounds. The scoring of the fight was just a sad joke in my view. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Weights: Canelo 153.5, Trout 153.25

Web-P4194114Canelo vs. Trout, a 12-round Super Welterweight World Championship Unification fight for Canelo’s WBC title, Trout’s WBA title and the vacant Ring Magazine title, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The co-main event will be a 10-round fight between undefeated prospects Omar Figueroa Jr. of Weslaco, Texas and Abner Cotto of Caguas, Puerto Rico for the vacant WBC Silver Lightweight Championship which is presented in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions.

The fights will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with Canelo vs. Trout being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® is available in Spanish on secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary fights will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Continue reading

Live Stream: Canelo vs. Trout Weigh-In

Weigh-in results:

Austin Trout 153.25 vs. Saul Alvarez 153.5
Omar Figueroa 134.5 vs. Abner Cotto 133.5

SHOWTIME® Sports will offer a live stream of Friday’s weigh-in for the Super Welterweight World Championship Unification between Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout taking place on Saturday, April 20, LIVE on SHOWTIME from Alamodome in San Antonio.

Friday’s weigh-in will be available for live viewing across multiple platforms, including LIVE via satellite feed, YouTube, Ustream, sports.sho.com/live. All feeds of the weigh-in, hosted by SHOWTIME Sports Expert Analyst Steve Farhood, will be available in High Definition beginning at 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT / Noon PT from Market Square in San Antonio, Texas. Continue reading