Canelo decisions Trout in robbery of the century in Texas
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: In a clear robbery, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) defeated WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) by a very controversial 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The final judges scores were 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109. The last scores were an absolute crime. I had Trout winning the fight 10 rounds to 2.
Canelo knocked Trout down in the 7th round with a right hand at the start of the round. However, Trout came back to dominate the remainder of the round and the rest of the fight. Trout appeared to sweep rounds eight through twelve to easily win the fight, but of course the fight was held in Texas, so it’s not surprising that Canelo got the win.
What made things difficult for Trout was the open scoring. Once he found out that he was trailing on the scorecards after the 4th, he had to abandon his more conservative style of fighting and go all out to win rounds. I already had Trout winning three of the first four rounds, but the judges in Texas had Canelo up and one of them had him winning all the rounds. The open scoring is a Texas thing and I think it’s bad for the sport. Trout had no choice but to agree to the fight in Texas otherwise he wouldn’t have gotten the fight.
I scored the 7th round a 10-9 round because Canelo got dominated after the knockdown and looked red and winded from exertion. Trout totally punished Canelo after the knockdown.
I tried to find a round to give Canelo after the 7th but I couldn’t find any rounds where he was active enough to win them.
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Omar Gonzalez SD 4 Raul Martinez
Julian Williams TKO 3 Dashon Johnson
Ivan Morales UD 8 Raul Hidalgo
Jermall Charlo TKO 4 Orlando Lora
Terrell Gausha UD 4 William Walters