39,247 fans in attendance for Canelo-Trout tonight
(Photo Credit: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME) By Allan Fox: 39,247 boxing fans are in attendance to tonight’s unification bout between 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) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The arena can hold 70,000 but it was retrofitted to fit 40,000 fans.
The winner of tonight’s fight could end up facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September depending on what happens in Mayweather’s fight next month against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. There’s going to be a tremendous amount of pressure on the winner of the Mayweather-Guerrero fight to face the Canelo-Trout winner because it’s the logical next fight.
Guerrero has already said he’s like to face the Canelo vs. Trout winner, but we don’t know how Mayweather will feel about. He’s getting a ton of money from his six-fight Showtime/CBS deal no matter who he faces. Mayweather can whoever he wants and he’ll still get his money and he doesn’t have to work hard to sell his fights like he used to because his money is guaranteed.
The question tonight for Canelo-Trout fight is whether Trout can handle the power and the constant pressure from the stronger and younger Canelo. Trout has more size than Canelo and he says he’s got better power. We’re going to find out tonight if Trout is the stronger fighter because on paper it just doesn’t look that way. Trout will be making a big mistake if he tries to trade with Canelo in close because he doesn’t have the ability to throw to the body like Canelo and he’ll end up taking a lot of punishment. Canelo is pretty special and there aren’t too many fighters that can take the kinds of punishment that he dishes out.
Trout is going to have a lot of pressure on him due to the huge pro-Canelo crowd. Trout says it won’t bother him but it’s going to be tough on him because the crowd will be energizing Canelo and encouraging him to throw with a lot of power.