Trout vs. Canelo: Why isn’t Austin the favorite?
By Jamie Hesford: Ever since the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Austin Trout fight was rumored I had my doubts that this fight would be made, even more so when the complications arose. My primary concern being that Canelo has been making himself known by fighting well known but faded boxers. Names such as Shane Mosley and Kermit Cintron.
He failed to stop Mosley and never appeared able to wobble the aging fighter. Don’t get me wrong he wins his fights with relative ease but Trout is a different kettle of fish (pardon the pun).
Trout has the big win against Miguel Cotto which was a fantastic result and fully deserved, plus he beat him more convincingly than Floyd Mayweather did. Other than that, his other wins are less impressive but good wins non the less and to his credit his record is far less padded than that of Alvarez. He has reached the same level with almost half the amount of fights but the same amount of time. So on paper it is very close.
In terms of style, Alvarez is built like a middleweight but doesn’t finish as many opponents as he should. Matthew Hatton was there for the taking but Canelo could not take advantage of the massive weight advantage he held on the night, a night I felt was a backwards step for him. Despite this he always looks in shape and appears solid and I doubt Trout will be the man to stop him. Alvarez will march forward and constantly pressure Trout and its up to Austin to use his evasive skills and slick style to prevent his opponent from pinning him down, much like he did against Cotto. Trout also stands tall and although only slightly taller he appears much taller than his foe. Having a 1 inch reach advantage could prove crucial come April 20.
The bookmakers odds favour Alvarez considerably but based on these details it should be 50/50 or Trout the slight Favorited. His win over Cotto is more impressive than his counterparts accomplishments. Until now Trout has not had the publicity or recognition he deserves. If he wins against the glorified golden boy, the future will look very bright for “no doubt” Trout.