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Canelo-Trout: One judge had Canelo up 8 rounds to none after 8

IMG_2071(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: In a sign of what former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout was up against last Saturday night in his fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, one judge, Stanley Christodoulou, had Canelo up 80-71 after eight rounds.

In other words, the judge hadn’t given Trout a single round. This judge had given Canelo every round of the fight. That’s pretty sad and it just showed what Trout was facing in terms of judging at the fight because anyone with two eyes could see that Trout had won at least seven of the first eight rounds of the fight easily against a tiring, red-faced Canelo.

The other two judges had Canelo up 78-73 and 76-75. The differences in scoring showed how confused the judges were in trying to score the fight. Normally judges tend to come up with similar scores, but in this fight. You have one judge with the oddball scores of 80-71 and the others all across the map.

I had a strong feeling that Trout would need a knockout to beat Canelo in Texas because this was a home fight for Canelo, he was in front of 40,000 of his fans, and he’s thought to be the future money fighter for the sport. I figured that beating Canelo by a decision would have been all but impossible for Trout to accomplish unless he knocked him down a half dozen times or dropped in every round.

Trout’s stock really went up with this fight because he fought so well and controlled the action through the vast majority of the fight. I think it’s clear to anyone that watched the fight without a bias that Trout fought in a superb manner and really showed the kind of talent that suggests he’s going to be a star for a long time to come.

I really don’t expect Trout to ever get another chance at fighting Canelo again in the future even if Canelo exhaust all the 140 and 147 pounders. I can’t see him facing Trout again or being allowed to because the danger would be too great. The only way I could see it happening is years from now after Canelo has cleaned up the light welterweight and welterweight divisions, and Trout is willing to agree to fighting him in Texas again with the same open scoring as their last Saturday. In other words, Trout won’t get any advantages at all. Those will all likely be stacked in Canelo’s favor.

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