*Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored a unanimous win over Austin “No Doubt” Trout from all three judges in San Antonio, Texas last Saturday night. This bout turned out to be a dandy folks, as both fighters put on a splendid display of boxing.
In the beginning of this main event bout, Trout utilized his jab consistently throughout the early portion of the fight, keeping Alvarez from putting up the relentless assault that he’s accustomed to executing against many of his previous opponents. And he would frequently attack Alvarez to the body.
Alvarez on the other hand would counter with straight right hands to head of Trout that seemed on some occasions to hurt him. Both these guys were fighting a very tactical fight as it went on.
Then came a solid right hand from Alvarez straight to kisser of Trout in the seventh that knocked him down for the first time in his career as a professional. He seemed to be stunned at first, but quickly rebounded and got back into the bout with combinations to the head and body of Alvarez. Most observers at ringside thought that it might have ended as a 10-9 round instead of a 10-8 because of how Trout came back in that round.
Nevertheless, as the fight progressed from that point Trout sensed that he might have been behind, and he attempted to be more aggressive releasing a more relentless attack against Alvarez as the bout wore down to the final championship rounds.
It may have been too little, too late for Trout as all three judges had scored it a unanimous decision for “Canelo” thus crowning him the new undisputed Ring Magazine jr. middleweight champion.
You do have to give Trout some credit for taking on a tough Alvarez in what most ring observers feel was his backyard. The crowd of more than forty thousand were mostly fans of Alvarez and they clearly were cheering him on throughout the bout.
But that didn’t deter Trout as he fought a very courageous fight, and he shouldn’t be counted out because of what happened. This was only his first loss against a very tough and game opponent, and this writer is sure he’ll come back.
On the other hand, congratulations goes out to “Canelo”, for fighting a smart fight and winning. Trout said afterward: “The better man won tonight. I’m sorry I lost, I’ll be back”
Maybe now “Canelo” will fight Floyd Mayweather next. As I always say, “we’ll see what happens”
And speaking of Mayweather, I had a chance to visit both his camp, and Robert Guerrero’s last week. And folks, I got to tell you, they both look very good as their matchup is coming in just two more weeks.
This one’s going to be big, and maybe the biggest one of the year. We look forward to it as it will be telecast live on Showtime pay per view.
We’ll see what happens.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s boxing column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.