Canelo-Trout 30-day weigh-in: 166.5 lbs.
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) weighed in today for his 30-day weigh-in at 166.5, a mere 12.5 pounds over the 154 pound weight limit for his April 20th fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s). Canelo weighed in at exactly the same weight at 166.5.
Trout, 27, will likely hold his weight around the mid-160 region, as he’ll have no problem stripping down 10 to 12 pounds of water weight when it comes time to dehydrate the week of his fight with Canelo at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout, 5’10”, is a big junior middleweight, but he’s very agile for the weight that he carries. He’s not like a tank with the weight carries. He’s able to glide around the ring effortlessly to shoot out his jab, right hook and left hand. His defensive skills are what makes him so good because he’s almost impossible to hit, especially against flat-footed fighters like Canelo with no foot and hand speed.
Canelo looks like a light heavyweight for his bouts. That’s not a bad thing because if he can get away with melting down and making 154 then more power to him, but on the flip side all that weight slows him down and hurts him by robbing him of speed and ability to get around the ring. Due to his limited height and reach, Canelo doesn’t have a lot of options.
Canelo can stay at 154 and dominate the mostly limited opposition at this weight or he can move up to 160 lbs. and struggle against the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez. I think Canelo and his handlers are too smart to move up to 160 because all of his advantages will go out the window once he moves up to middleweight.