Nelson: Canelo makes too many mistakes; Trout will beat him
By Dan Ambrose: Junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson, #5 WBC, says he sees WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) out-boxing WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) next month in their fight on April 20th. Nelson believes that Trout is just too skilled for the mistake-prone Canelo, and he’s predicting that Trout will win this fight by a 12 round decision.
Speaking with thaboxingvoice.com, Nelson said “I don’t think too much of Canelo. He’s a young fighter; he has lots, lots and lots of bad habits that he makes in the ring. I see Austin Trout winning a 12 round decision.”
It’s hard to argue with anything that Nelson is saying here. Canelo does make a lot of mistakes in the ring, as he’s like a short, red-haired bull when he attacks his opponents, and he’s very easy to hit. We saw even the over-the-hill 41-year-old Shane Mosley bloody up Canelo’s face in their fight last year.
Canelo won by a 12 round decision, but Mosley hit him at will all night long. Mosley could have literally closed his eyes and still tagged Canelo with pretty much everything he threw in that fight. Trout is so much better defensively than Canelo that it’s not even close. The two are worlds apart in terms of defensive skills.
Canelo has an advantage in power, but that power will useless unless Trout is stupid enough to stand in one place for 12 rounds so that Canelo can land those shots.
Against an athletic moving target like Trout, Canelo is going to be missing his shots and turning red in the face from the exertion. Canelo needs major work on his cardio because he turns red and gasps for breath early in his fights.
As the Canelo-Trout fight draws closer, I think more and more fighters and boxing experts will be coming out and picking Trout to beat Canelo. They’ll realize, like Nelson has, that Trout is simply the better fighter, and the guy with the superior conditioning.
Nelson is an excellent fighter with really nice skills. If his chin can hold up, he could be a future world champion because he’s got the size at 6’3” and the power to go far in the division.