Red Dawn: Alvarez Decisions Trout

By Robert Ecksel on April 20, 2013
Red Dawn: Alvarez Decisions Trout
It was a fool's errand made all the more errant by foolish tampering with the game.

Now that everyone knew the score, both literally and figuratively, the last three rounds were grotesquely anticlimactic….

On Saturday, April 20th, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, WBC champion Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs), from Juanacatlán, Jalisco, Mexico, defeated WBA champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs), from Las Cruces, New Mexico, to unify the junior middleweight titles by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109.

The fight wasn’t, however, as one-sided and the judges’ scorecards suggest.

Alvarez vs. Trout lived up to expectations. It was a classic contest between a fine puncher and equally fine boxer, but each man’s game was more considerably more nuanced than we anticipated.

Canelo, fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks trimmed in pink, proved that he’s not the one-dimensional slugger we were led to believe. His power was intact and as formidable as ever, but he has added new facets to his defense, including bobbing and weaving, not standing straight up, and moving his head from side-to-side to deflect punches.

Fighting out of the red corner in white trunks with zebra-striped trim, Trout came to fight and fight he did. He controlled the action for much of the bout, landing multiple shots to every bomb Canelo threw. The Mexican sensation simply wore his opponent down over 12, but there wasn’t a round that Trout wasn’t competitive.

The first was a feeling out round. Trout was working behind his jab and controlling the tempo. Canelo seemed unwilling or unable to let his hands go. He landed 1 of 8 jabs to 8 of 34 for Trout.

Canelo took control in round two. He was able to cut off the ring, close the distance, and began firing punches in bunches—jabs, straight rights, uppercuts—a veritable parade of his military hardware.

Trout returned the favor in round number three. Boxing smart, he slowed the pace to something more to liking. Canelo wasn’t jabbing his way in. He was loading up on his right and as often missing as not. When Trout opened up as the round was drawing to a close, Canelo was winging wild punches.

Round four was a better round for Canelo. He remembered to use his jab, turning him back into the two-fisted fighter we’ve grown to love. But Trout was throwing and landing more, including two solid lefts to Canelo’s body, and closed the round in control of the fight.

Canelo started the fifth on all cylinders, but it wasn’t to last. Trout connected with a right hook followed by a 1-2 to the body and head. Canelo was stalking his prey, bobbing and weaving and looking good doing it. But looking good and landing punches are two different things. Willie Pep could get away with it and win a round. So could Nicolino Locche. Maybe, just maybe, Canelo Alvarez could as well, at least in the Lone Star State.

Round six was a big round for Canelo. A lead right hand stunned Trout. He was able to collect himself and by the middle of the round was fighting back. No Doubt drove Canelo to the ropes and was landing upstairs and downstairs with multiple shots. The body shots, in particular, were taking the steam off of Canelo’s punches, but he landed a nice uppercut at the bell.

Trout hit the deck in round seven. A Canelo right put him down for the first time in his career. Trout made it to his feet and beat the count, but he appeared to be hurt. Canelo went for the kill. Trout kept his composure. Remaining patient and relying on his ring smarts, Trout fought his way back into the fight. But it was a major round for Canelo.

Canelo decided to take the eighth round off. Not sure if he was gassed or disappointed that Trout survived the seventh, but Canelo did next to nothing and couldn’t have possibly won the round.

Between rounds eight and nine, the scorecards, in compliance with the WBC’s open scoring policy, were read aloud. The three judges had it 80-71, 79-73 and 76-75, all in favor of Canelo, and whatever suspense existed disappeared like dew before a blast furnace. The new policy was instituted to presumably make fights more competitive. But like many policies, new as well as old, it fell flat on its two faces. Boxing may be broken, but if we have to rely on the WBC and Texas to fix it, we may be in more trouble than we know.

Now that everyone knew the score, both literally and figuratively, the last three rounds were grotesquely anticlimactic. Canelo knew he only needed to survive to win the fight, whereas Trout was forced to abandon his game plan and try to knock Canelo out. Canelo continued to fight his fight, albeit with less urgency than before. Trout tried to attack and pull victory from the jaws of defeat, but it was a fool’s errand made all the more errant by foolishly tampering with the game.

After the final decision was announced, Canelo was the first to speak.

“Austin Trout is a very difficult fighter. He’s a southpaw. But we were more intelligent in this fight, and the better the opponent is the better I will get. If the opponent is here,” Canelo gestured with his hand, “I’m going to fight over my opponent. I learn from my opponents. I learned from my experience today. And once I fight a better fighter, I’m going to keep learning even more. I’m here for a long time. I have a big responsibility. Viva Mexico!

No Doubt Trout spoke next.

“He was the better man,” he said about Canelo. “He was quicker. He was stronger. I have no excuses. He was the better man tonight. I was fully prepared for this fight. Again, I have no excuses. The better man won. But I learn more from my losses than my wins, so I learned a big lesson tonight. He’s a good fighter. He boxed a lot better than I thought. He moved a lot better than I thought. Not that I was underestimating him, but we were prepared for a totally different fighter. He shocked us. He shocked us.”

Canelo shocked us as well.

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  1. raxman 07:29pm, 04/24/2013

    ted - if GGG beats Pirog or Quillin - it’ll be cannibalism because its like facing like. i thought Pirog may’ve been great but he’s showed me less than martinez since he won the title against Jacobs and Quillin what’s his name? hot chocolate? half soy double decaf mocha latte? what is it? i don’t even know how that bloke gets a mention let alone a title - he makes Golovkin’s resume look like Carl Froch’s. for Golovkin to be real. i wanna see Martinez, Geale and or Chavez jnr (who i don’t really rate but he’s name and comes in big) or a trip north and ward, froch, kessler (if he’s not retired post froch) fall. if he looks as awesome against any 2 of those as he did vs ishida and rosado then i’ll say he’s here. but if he just scraps by them i’ll say he is a very good but not a great fighter. there i can’t give you better than that. and as for pascal vs bute? i hope bute does win. then he can be beaten by a 175 pound 50 year old

  2. Ted 04:21pm, 04/24/2013

    OMG, I am laughing out loud, Elf boy, Christ in Heaven.

    Now look Rax, Bute beat Pascal and Bute is right back in the mix.

    GGG will slaughter Macklin and make corn beef and cabbage out of him or maybe Irish blood pudding. He is being brought along so that he will be poised for the big one against Martinez, but first i suspect he will have to go through either Pirog or Quillin or both. If he does, will you then be satisfied.?

    Geale has already avoided him though I understand the business reasons why, but it’s academic, because he too would be crunched.

  3. raxman 04:21pm, 04/24/2013

    clarence george - Gary Shaw has announced he is in talks with martinez’s people for a late year Martinez vs Geale - he stated they were close but as a back up he is also in early talks with GGG people. Geale’s mandatory was soliman but soliman tested positive after Sturm for an amphetamine related substance that believe it or not is found in a goddamn energy drink!?! i know everyone here thinks Geale will be a pushover for both maravilla and GGG but he should not be underestimated. he may well be an underdog in both but he is a live underdog. although he doesn’t have more than average power its enough to keep both of those guys honest and his strength of work rate and conditioning is top shelf. he is also a hell of a lot slicker than people realise

  4. raxman 04:13pm, 04/24/2013

    ted - i’ll say it loud and clear -  the japanese guy ishida and rosado etc were junior middleweights pumped up to 160 and golokin was never going to do anything except what he did in those fights. he has a title coz it was stripped from another fighter. but that is irrelevant because as i said todays title holders were yesterdays prospects - as opposed to Martinez and Geale who are champions from beating champions. golovkin has not had one meaningful win and until he proves otherwise is just another jeff left hook lacy prior to calzaghe - a guy everyone thought was the second coming and don’t be rewriting history coz you know that was how lacy was viewed.  you mention his amateur experience as a defense but its a fact that supports my argument - he should be, not should already have, fought top tier middleweight fighters. as did fellow olympic gun rigondeaux.
    now prance your ass back to the valley and play me a turn elf boy

  5. Ted 08:37am, 04/23/2013

    Well, I did squat 220 yesterday, but I am sure feeling it today. Now, I’ll put on my bib overhauls and start chopping, spillting, and stacking. I love doing that shit. Love it!!!!.

    Later, bro

  6. Don from Prov 08:33am, 04/23/2013

    :)  You should pull a truck too

  7. Ted 08:31am, 04/23/2013

    “But I also feel that you should project the “inner you” more judiciously.”


    LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Ted 08:30am, 04/23/2013

    Chavez Jr vs. Golo is a woody popper for sure as the legendary poster MRBILL used to say. But I think Chavez is growing out of his body and has to move up in weight. He is a monster and when he rehydrates, he becomes Godzilla. Now I have to go down to my lower 40 and chop some wood ala Big George Foreman.

    Thanks for the pleasant exchange

  9. Don from Prov 08:29am, 04/23/2013

    Yes, little clarion horn elf prancing—I feel you.
    But I also feel that you should project the “inner you” more judiciously.

    Semantics, Ted.  I was agreeing with raxman.  I see what he was saying—
    And I believe that you can too.  Just try little elf.

  10. Ted 08:25am, 04/23/2013

    Don, he is a world champion with an incredible amateur background. If he is a prospect, I am an elf playing the clarion horn as I prance through the valley. Give me a break here. Cut me some slack. Golo is no longer the next coming…...he has arrived. He has beaten any number of prospects, and title contenders. Gabe Rosado and the Japanese guy were not prospects, nor was the Pole whom he slaughtered. If you beat contenders and are a world champion, by all accepted reasoning you must be a non-prospect. Are you feeling me on this?

  11. Don from Prov 08:23am, 04/23/2013

    Here is one that would interest me: Triple G and Chavez Jr.
    It is sure possible that the Chavez chin (or body) finally gets undone—
    And that even if it doesn’t, that Golovkin would chop him up.  But Golovkin would be there to be hit a lot more than Martinez was, and if he can’t dent Jr?

    Then we’d have some very interesting latter rounds.
    I doubt anyone would be demanding their money back.

  12. Don from Prov 08:19am, 04/23/2013

    Yeah, Ted I did.  I BELIEVE that I see an awful good fighter there—

    But it’s not like the first time I saw Ali or Monzon: I THINK he’s the goods.
    And I look forward to him showing that he is in fact the goods.

  13. Ted 08:09am, 04/23/2013

    Err Don, you didn’t mean to call Golo a prospect did you?

  14. Don from Prov 07:57am, 04/23/2013

    Johnny C—And I don’t know what post you were reading.
    I said that BETWEEN rounds, Trout, LOOKED more tired in his corner than Canelo did.  And he did, for whatever reason.  I’ll buy frustration/confusion, etc.  However, I never said, nor thought, that Trout fought more tired.  In fact, my point was the same as yours: Canelo appears, to my eyes anyway, like he may have an endurance problem.  As far as Floyd goes, I’ll wait to see if the Ghost can put him on and keep him on the ropes this week before I’ll venture whether or not FJ’s a fighter who can no longer say off the ropes effectively.

    Mr. Sares—I don’t know how many of the upcoming fights I feel strongly about.  Or, more to the point, can see that you have NO beat about   :)

  15. Don from Prov 07:48am, 04/23/2013

    “any fighter based on potential or how good they look against guys they have no right but to look anything but good against”—

    That, and the rest of the raxman post, more than has the beat.
    I’m a big Golovkin fan—
    And I loved the new kid, Figuero, the other night—

    But both are prospects only, one more advanced than the other.
    Though it’s no sin for anyone to say, “I think I see something special here.”
    We all like to do so—

  16. JohnnyC 07:41am, 04/23/2013

    ANSWERS TO COMMENTS FROM A PROFESSIONAL TRAINER.

    Danny, Canelo does have the power to knock Mayweather out, what’s suspect to me though is Canelo’s conditioning. Mayweather has incredible defence and this will enable him to take Canelo deep into the fight.  Mayweather will lure him in for 10 rounds and Canelo will completely punch himself out. Please refer to the Ali vs. Foreman fight in Africa. This is what you will see.

    Don from Prov, I’m not quite sure what fight you were watching, but saying that Trout was more winded than Canelo is to say the least, SILLY! What you were witnessing from trout was a look of “confidence, lack of”. He looked beaten between rounds because he couldn’t hurt Canelo or for that matter, he couldn’t punch the side of a barn.  He missed everything. At one point I felt he was going to try to punch the referee to build confidence…I absolutely assure you that Mayweather will not put himself on the ropes for his defensive fight plan against Canelo and the reason that is because Canelo has real power and taking those type of shots to the arms and kidney for several rounds is taking a big chance. Mayweather will rely on being elusive and he will move in a way to not allow Canelo to plant his feet for delivering his power.  The fight will be similar to Sergio Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. without the knock down in the 12th….
    Your boxing expert, JohnnyC The Italian Battalion

  17. Ted 07:10am, 04/23/2013

    Figueroa is a beast

  18. Ted 07:09am, 04/23/2013

    Don from Prov, no steak dinner for you. But I did miss this one. I was amazed at Canelo’s defensive improvement and equally amazed at how he kept the separation thereby forcing Trout fight from the outside which is not his strength. So, I am 1-1 on my predictions going into this monster boxing weekend, one of the best in recent history. Maybe we can work in a bet before then. Emails are welcomed, Don.

  19. Ben Hoskin 10:21pm, 04/22/2013

    R’man and CG your tete a tete repartee is deserving of a televisual audience! The fight was close, much much closer than the scorecard suggests but the rightful winner had his hand raised. Would I be remiss in suggesting the division is currently rather poor in quality in comparison to the two divisions south with its abundance of riches? Alvarez’ problems stem from his powerful frame residing in a relatively short stature. He cannot go down as he’ll be devoid of energy boiling that much weight off and if he goes north his lack of reach will severely hurt him against the elite. One cannot blame his handlers for matching him with b-grade fighters as his popularity will generate huge numbers regardless the opponent. My burning question if there is an enlightened soul out there, is to find out the Irishman who was trawling the nightspots of Guadalajara in the late 80’s!

  20. raxman 07:04pm, 04/22/2013

    CG -you know I don’t buy what I now call “the duck theory of greatness” yet I maintain and reiterate i’m not anti golokin per se but anti hyping him or any fighter based on potential or how good they look against guys they have no right but to look anything but good against. I wont dispute that Golovkin has incredible skill and potential. potential. unfortunately todays fighters with potential, prospects they used to be called, are already champions before they’ve proven themselves. but that’s not my problem. i’m not one to go on about the old days. i’ll acknowledge that today you’re hyped as the man without having to beat the man, i’ll acknowledge it, and i’ll even accept it, but I wont play ball!! and until Golovkin fights a real opponent i’m not drinking the cool aid. until he beats someone of class and proper weight, he’s just another jeff left hook lacy!!! don’t go rewriting history on me CG coz you know lacy was considered all that til calzaghe - 21-0 with 16 ko’s and an ibf title

  21. Clarence George 06:40pm, 04/22/2013

    Aloysius Ajax Raxman!  I see that I have not yet defanged your rabid anti-Golovkinism.

    I won’t reiterate my unanswerable argument that Golovkin is being avoided by the top-notchers.  But I’ll say this:  You’re too good a judge of horseflesh to look exclusively at a boxer’s opponents.  So am I, and I tell you that the Kazakh’s the goods.

  22. raxman 06:03pm, 04/22/2013

    Clarence George - how can you call Golovkin a top flight fighter? his resume has more nobodies and b-graders than canelo! Canelo is at least now seemingly stepping it up. the unfortunate defeat of Ortiz meant it was delayed via lopez but now that he has fought trout (whatever that is worth, trout’s only significant win was against an aged cotto after all), he is at least heading in the right direction. the same can’t be said for GGG who has gone from fighting pumped at jnr middleweights like ishida and Rosado (oh and b-grade 154’s at that) to fighting a third string 160 pounder who’s greatest claim to fame is having his arse handed to him by Martinez! remember bute looked good beating his b-graders too but as soon as he was in with real top flight, battle hardened fighter he was exposed. lets see what happens if and when GGG fights someone real before we dish out the praise

  23. danny 09:35am, 04/22/2013

    canelo is just a beast he will knock mayweather out

  24. Don from Prov 08:24am, 04/22/2013

    raxman,
    Nah, you don’t have to stop watching the X-Files.  Trout certainly looked more tired between rounds than Canelo did; however, Trout fought more—

    Maybe not more effectively, but more.  And I do think that Canelo’s very measured fighting—whether due to habit or a lack of endurance—will become a problem.  If they ever fight, Canelo is sure as hell not going outbox Floyd Jr.  My thinking was/has been that if it turns out that Floyd is becoming a fighter who HAS to linger on the ropes, than a younger, hard punching (especially to the body/shoulders/arms), and busy fighter would be the one to defeat him.  Canelo has really only looked to be that fighter against the much smaller Lopez, and I conflated that one fight into “the new Canelo”—which is dumb.  Here is something that the broadcasters noted and that I agree with: Canelo made Trout miss a LOT, but he rarely countered—a skill that he needs to be taught, or does it have to do with focus/endurance?  And although the broadcast team was wrong about Canelo never punching to the body, he certainly never mounted anything resembling a sustained body attack.  And how many left hooks to the body did you see him land against Trout?  At this point, I’d need to be convinced that he can do the things necessary to defeat Jr.—which is what I want.

    Time for the “yesterday’s superstars” to be superseded, IMO.

  25. Mike Casey 08:08am, 04/22/2013

    Guys who get on your nerves have a habit of being employed forever. Dear Stanley has been on the beat since about 1974. http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=400900&cat=referee

  26. Clarence George 07:08am, 04/22/2013

    Adam:  You’re right about Bernstein, but I disagree with your assessment of Alvarez.  While he’s hardly the greatest thing to come along since Sugar Ray Robinson, he’s a very good fighter; if anything, underrated.

    If anyone’s overrated, it’s Trout.  A skilled defensive technician, yes, but limited, timid, and unwilling or unable to adapt. 

    “Trout threw more punches.”  So what?  How many did he land and how effective were they?  Not many and not at all.  And the only thing he dictated was his own defeat.  Finally, why would Alvarez give it his all in the 12th?  Thanks to open scoring (which I hate), he knew he was winning.

    All that said, I’d love to see Alvarez against a top-flight fighter like Golovkin.  The Kazakh would win, but it’d be great to see Alvarez’s A-Game.

  27. Adam Berlin 06:33am, 04/22/2013

    Let’s remember the name Stanley Christodoulou.  His score of 118-109 was corrupt—yes, corrupt.  And shame on the Showtime commentators for not making more of this.  Bernstein and his crew are a weak team and on Saturday night they acted like shills for the favorite.  Canelo is an over-rated fighter.  Trout threw more punches, dictated the pace of the fight and we saw Canelo’s true fighting spirit when he refused to fight in the twelfth.  As soon as Alvarez fights someone with a little pop in his fists, the bubble will burst.

  28. Clarence George 04:29am, 04/22/2013

    Christodoulou got it right in the recent Erdei-Grachev bout, but his score of 118-109 in Alvarez-Trout is as inexplicable as it is indefensible.  115-112 is about right.

    As for open scoring…like almost all gratuitous innovations, breaks with tradition and continuity, it hardly surprises in being fatuous and self-defeating.

  29. nicolas 02:57am, 04/22/2013

    Stanley Christodoulou needs to be kicked out of boxing. His score of 118-109 was ridiculous. Either now he has been too long in boxing, and can’t see very well, or he is corrupt. Shellenberger is also one of these Texas judges in one of the worst states for boxing. Only the judge from the Philippines seemed to be fair, and had no trouble with his score after 8 rounds. I would also suggest that the judge from the Philippines had the fight scored about exactly the way I had it the last 4 rounds, 3-1 for Alvarez. While the other judges, knowing that there scores in favor of Alvarez could allow them to give rounds now to Trout, since he was so far behind, and perhaps hide what I consider there biased scoring. Certainly the Texas judge appears to have scored 3-1 for Trout, and the South African one 2 rounds a piece. Had the scores not been known, you wonder how Trout would have fought from the 9th round on. I had Cannelo winning 114-113. Might however a different fight taken place, from the 9th round on,  and the Showtime crew perhaps been able to call the fight a robbery. It would be really interesting to see the judges score cards.

  30. Darrell 10:08pm, 04/21/2013

    That was a close fight.  Both guys were good, the difference being Canelo had a bit more starch on his punches.

    Some very close rounds could’ve gone either way.  If you liked activity then Trout may have edged those rounds, if you preferred the harder but infrequent punches, then Canelo.

    As for the result, I have no beefs…..Canelo’s power at the long end of his punch is pretty good, he’d thoroughly scramble brains with his short hooks!  Trout will always struggle to win fights against the elite boxers, his inherent cautiousness is his undoing.

  31. franz 07:29pm, 04/21/2013

    Canelo needs to increase his speed and agility otherwise, if he faces Mayweather he will just become simply as punching bag.

  32. FrankinDallas 04:03pm, 04/21/2013

    Rax…..X-Files and Boxing are somehow, weirdly, a very good mix!

  33. raxman 02:19pm, 04/21/2013

    frankindallas - I think one of the more impressive things about canelos win was how he used trout’s flicky jab to register the range better than trout did by throwing. canelos ability to sit just outside of trouts long reach yet somehow be in range for his (shorter reach) punches to connect is a testament to his skill and a great lesson for young fighters

    don from prov - no one has been a bigger critic of canelo than me (and GGG for that matter) I’ve hated that its taken over 40 fights for him to step up his quality of opposition - but now I wonder if his coasting and burst fighting is more about doing “just enough to win” the sort of thing Floyd was criticised for a few years ago. perhaps its a strategy - by doing the bare minimum he keeps tricks up his sleeve. although his inactivity would indicate late fight fatigue he wasn’t ever breathing hard to my recollection - is it just a case of, we see inactivity we think tired. prior to trout we never saw canelo the slickster - but to the surprise of everyone not the least Austin Trout, up pops boxing skills the likes of which no one imagined. perhaps taking time off each round was a way of keeping hidden yet another weapon, that of endurance?
    or perhaps I should stop watching x-files reruns?

  34. Don from Prov 02:08pm, 04/21/2013

    P.S.  Figueroa is my other big take-away from last night

    Who knows what he’s going to be but he has at least enough to hope on

  35. Don from Prov 01:46pm, 04/21/2013

    I should have talked Mr. Sares into betting a steak dinner on this fight, too.
    Although I’ve always thought that Canelo fought in spurts far too often—and that his power was a bit over rated—I disagreed when someone said that in-fight inactivity would be Canelo’s biggest problem going forward—

    I now take that back.  I thought if I saw a Mayweather in the Ghost fight who was similar to the one against Cotto that Alvarez would be the one to beat Mayweather when (if) they fought, but I doubt that now.  Canelo appears to me to have an endurance/focus/ or lack of intensity problems, and it will catch up with him, IMO.  Anyway, Trout was a true gentleman after the bout. Gotta appreciate Trout in this day of loud-mouthing.  And also have to appreciate both fighters for taking a meaningful/dangerous bout.

  36. Chuck H. 01:10pm, 04/21/2013

    the fact that Canelo can draw 40,000 live fight fans makes him very special and very important to the sport of boxing.  box office attractions are what keep boxing alive - they don’t necessarily have to be great fighters.

  37. Critical Beatdown 08:40am, 04/21/2013

    I was honestly pulling for a Trout upset but only because I like to see hype machines shut down by a nasty wrench. I have to say, Canelo did step up his game showing us dimensions we didn’t know he had. If the kid can continue to improve, he’s got unlimited potential. But it does seem that he will need to overcome issues with conditioning and fatigue. He looked tired at points and this in a fight where he wasn’t absorbing much power. I can only imagine what the outcome would have been had Trout’s power shots had more mustard on them. As for the scoring, need we not recall a consistent pattern of robbery and manipulation in other sports (the NBA with the Laker “victories” over Portland and Sacramento, or MLB with PED’s more or less in plain view). Maybe it’s just that I’m from Chicago, but here we have an odd sort of respect for the crook who doesn’t try too hard to hide his true motives. And with Arum and others of his ilk, we can see it coming a mile away. And yet, like that Canelo straight right, we just can’t seem to get out of the way.

  38. FrankinDallas 08:04am, 04/21/2013

    Bernstein was way out of line with his rant “Trout is controlling the fight with his jab”....ridiculous. OK he threw a lot of jabs, but you have to either 1) hurt the guy with it once in a while or 2) follow it up with something meaningful. Trout did neither one…yes the 118-112 scorecard by the well known Christodulou was out of line, but this was a close fight in which the real winner won.

  39. JohnnyC 07:40am, 04/21/2013

    Fans of Canelo are giving far too much credit to the performance of Canelo.  What was carried away from the Trout Canelo bought was that Canelo is definitely beatable, but certainly not in Texas by those Judges that were apparently watching a different fight elsewhere. The only way Trout would have won a fight in Texas was if Canelo was carried out on a stretcher, no way would he have ever won a decision. I’m not saying that Canelo didn’t win the fight, because he did, but not what the judges had on their scorecards. Canelo is so popular and brings a huge crowd which equals to many greenbacks for Showtime, so forget a decision, EVER!!!.  Canelo’s defence was excellent and Trout couldn’t touch his pretty face which was quite evident in post fight interviews.  This fight would have been quite different if Trout had any power. He had many opportunities to hurt Canelo in several rounds. He has no power and demanded no respect whatsoever from Canelo.  Not only did Trout not have any power, he couldn’t punch and make contact to the side of a barn. I guess Canelo’s defence, which he’s not known for, can be commended for that. It’s almost as if Trout fought scared and was worried about getting knocked out by Canelo’s power the entire fight. NOW, what was taken away from this contest. Canelo is beatable, it will take someone with a good power punch and that can take Canelo into later rounds. After the 6th round, Canelo didn’t have much in the tank and fought in spurts. Someone with good power would have made him pay.  If Trout had a power knockout punch, the outcome would have been completely different. 
    JohnnyC, The Italian Battalion

  40. NYIrish 06:31am, 04/21/2013

    Showtime commentators stated that there was a one way rematch clause. If Trout won, Canelo would get a rematch. Trout has no rematch clause. Canelo showed to be much better defensively and quicker in general than he has shown in the past. Trout did hurt him to the body and slowed him down in some rounds. Don’t hold your breath for a rematch. Canelo’s people have had enough of Trout.

  41. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:30am, 04/21/2013

    Hello? Bernstein had Trout “busier” and “controlling” rounds while IMO setting a record for throwing and missing…the punch stats for Trout were way out of line….he threw about 500 jabs and was lucky if he landed 20 solid! Prima facie evidence was Canelo’s Irish looking mug post fight unmarked and blemish free!

  42. Pete The Sneak 06:16am, 04/21/2013

    I thought the fight was definitely closer than 118-109 (Please, what was that judge watching?), but I got to give props to Canelo. I thought Trout would out slick and out box him and for a few rounds there he did. However, Canelo demonstrated some slickness of his own and has shown that he is constantly improving. He definitely landed the harder shots and I won’t dispute the overall decision. It was a damn good fight. Trout is a class act who made no excuses and said the better man won (are you listening Nonito) and lastly, let me just say, Open Scoring SUCKS! Peace.

  43. GlennR 03:10am, 04/21/2013

    Yep, solid win by canelo who showed some real boxing maturity i thought.

  44. Clarence George 02:52am, 04/21/2013

    While the scores should have been tighter (118-109 is ridiculous), I thought it a clear win for Alvarez.

  45. raxman 02:42am, 04/21/2013

    i’ll get out in front by i saying i’ve loudly and proudly declared a 99% chance canelo was a hype job. i still do not approve of the ridiculous number of 2nd and 3rd tier opponents the guy has faced but vs trout he has showed me a whole lot . his boxing ability as opposed to just being a walk up ko beast for a start. I stand corrected, canelo is every bit as good as he has looked - if trout is anything to go by, which i believe he is, then trout is a gun and then some. having said that i didn’t like the fact he seemed unable to fight for 3 minutes of each round. either unable of unwilling. in canelo words he fights a level above whoever he is in with. if this is the case he is no different to mayweather in that era that floyd garnered all his disrespect - for he too did only what was needed to win and nothing more. canelo seemed to realise by the fourth that trout didn’t have the power to hurt him.
    when canelo dropped him in the 7th i thought here it comes; but instead he proceeded to impress but only to the level that he needed to win the fight - and once the scores were read, only enough to win the fight.
    i take back what i said about canelo he is as good against a good fighter as he has been against ordinary, but a demolition would’ve been more impressive than over the top display of his boxing skills
    as for trout. he also showed us something. he showed that his lack of decent opposition other than an aged cotto didn’t prepare him for an opponent who didnt follow the script. trout’s inability to change up, his lack of punch variety and his poor inside fighting skills were every bit as much to blame for his lose as canelo’s skill, will and boxing iq.
    I can’t say there is an opponent for canelo at 154 that will be worth seeing him fight, but obviously a trip south to 160 and a go around with martinez would be the perfect choice.

  46. CanelovsTrout 11:28pm, 04/20/2013

    Why are you trying to give credit to trout for something he didnt do, and trying as hard to minimize what canelo did tonight? You guys are just mad that canelo won, he was clearly the better fighter, period. You need to learn how to recognize, even austin admitted that he underestimated canelo, and said himself that canelo was the better fighter.

  47. NYIrish 09:17pm, 04/20/2013

    I scored 7 rounds for Trout. Many rounds were close. Even with the 10-8 knockdown round it was close. It was a good fight. It was not a lopsided fight. They both boxed and fought well. 38 thousand fans did not fill the Alamodome to see Trout win. He was the opponent.

  48. ricovaneagle 08:49pm, 04/20/2013

    I was pulling for Canelo, and he definitely damaged Trout a lot, that being said, Trout dominated Canelo. This was just another example of “who is popular”. Simple as that. Canelo had the hardest punches by far, but he got hit all night and looked tired most of the fight. I told my friends that if it wasn’t a draw, they would give it to Canelo; I was right! now 118-109????? crazy fo sho!

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