Canelo vs. Trout this Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
By Dan Ambrose: This Saturday night WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) will be facing each other at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
A crowd of close to 40,000 fans is expected to attend the fight and very, very few of them are going to be rooting for the 27-year-old Trout. However, Trout doesn’t care because he realizes the crowd has no bearing to what happens in the ring and he’s not going to fall apart just because the fans are cheering for the 22-year-old Canelo.
What Trout may have to worry about are the judges. Can Trout get a fair shake in Texas against one of the most popular fighters in the sport? Canelo means a lot to boxing due to his popularity with his Mexican fans, and it might take something really special for Trout to be given a victory in this fight.
We just saw a fight last Saturday where WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux totally dominated the much more popular WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision, yet two of the judges had Rigondeaux barely winning. Unfortunately, bad scoring is norm for this sport and it seems to favor the more popular fighter more often than not.
Trout may have to put on a masterful performance on Saturday if he wants to make sure that he gets a decision because just barely beating Canelo may not be enough. Trout may have to really put on an especially dominating performance if he wants to come out of the fight a winner.
After seeing Rigondeaux appear to win 10 of the 12 rounds against Donaire and still end up beating him by only 1 point on one judges’ scorecard, I can see the same thing happening with Trout.
If I’m his trainer, I’m telling him to win every round because if he merely dominates him by a 10 rounds to 2 or 9 rounds to 3, we could see Canelo with his hand raised, and believe me I don’t think Canelo will give Trout a rematch. Golden Boy Promotions will scurry him off to fight someone like Miguel Cotto, who they originally wanted Canelo to fight until Trout messed up their plans by beating Cotto. That’s a much bigger fight for Canelo than his fight with Trout and I don’t think Golden Boy will care if he beats Trout by an incredibly controversial decision. They’ll move him forward to the Cotto fight or someone else from the Golden Boy stable like Alfredo Angulo.