What are Austin Trout’s options?
By now I think it is quite clear judging from the post fight comments of Richard Schaefer last Saturday night, that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will most likely pass on fighting Austin Trout for the more lucrative and arguably less risky fight against Miguel Cotto.
Cotto and his team used bad judgment the first time around in picking Trout. Therefore it is highly unlikely that they will be exercising any rematch clause that Cotto had, clearing the way for Cotto’s big PPV event against Alvarez. Trout was never going to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. no matter what happened last Saturday night, and why would he when Mayweather can pick from two better known and more exciting fighters who do not present the matchup problems that Trout does in Robert Guerrero and Alvarez.
For now Trout might have to be patient and settle for a unification bout with Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (32-4) and then maybe he can take on the winner of the potential rematch between Erislandy Lara (17-1-2) and Vanes Martirosyan (32-0-1). Perhaps in a year from now James Kirkland will be a viable opponent once again who’s slugging style would make for an action packed fight for Trout. If Trout cannot secure a fight with Alvarez by May or December of 2014 after facing the above mentioned opposition then Golden Boy will never make the match.
Trout can also decide to move up to 160lbs although his lack of power could be a problem against the likes of Gennady Golovkin (24-0), or even Daniel Geale (28-1). The obvious dream fight for Trout in this division would of course be Sergio Martinez (50-2-2) but at this stage of his career, Martinez is done taking on high risk/low reward opposition such as Trout in the limited time remaining in his career.
It will be interesting to see where Trout and his team go from here.