Schaefer: Trout’s victory over Cotto isn’t enough to get him Canelo
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer came right out and said that he’s not planning on letting WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout face his fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next. Schaefer said that he prefers matching Miguel Cotto up with Canelo instead. As for Trout, Schaefer feels that he needs at least three possibly four fights before he can maybe get a shot against Canelo.
Speaking with ESPN, Schaefer said “I don’t think one fight itself gives you a big, big fight. It’s an accumulation of things you do. I really don’t see that [Trout vs. Alvarez] happening…Maybe have Trout get a few more big fights, then ease your way into it.”
Schaefer speaks as if the 22-year-old Canelo is loaded with experience compared to Trout. Canelo has fought more fights, but he’s not faced anyone that you can even remotely call a good fighter. Sure, Canelo beat Shane Mosley, but Mosley was 41-years-old and totally shot. Canelo has wins over Matthew Hatton, Kermit Cintron, Lovemore N’dou, Carlos Baldomir, Josesito Lopez, and Ryan Rhodes, but those guys are a mix of older fighters way past their best, and mediocre smaller fighters. It’s not as if Canelo has fought relevant junior middleweight contenders like Erislandy Lara, and Vanes Martirosyan.
Canelo has fought a lot of fluff, and Schaefer is talking as if Trout has to catch up to him somehow.
I believe that Schaefer doesn’t want to risk putting Alvarez in with Trout and ending up with a second Golden Boy fighter beaten by him. It’s ridiculous saying that a world champion like Trout has to earn his way to a fight against a 22-year-old Canelo, especially when the majority of Canelo’s victories have come against weak 2nd tier fighters. Canelo’s opponents are no better than Trout’s, and yet Scahefer is coming from the angle that Trout has to earn his way to the fight. I think Trout can fight all the same guys that Canelo has fought, and he’ll still not get the fight.