Trout fought the last five rounds with an injured ankle in Canelo fight
By Dan Ambrose: Little does anyone know that former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout had to struggle in the last five rounds with a badly injured right ankle that he injured in the 7th round in his 12 round decision loss to WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last Saturday night.
Shukree Shabazz from Team Trout told esnewsreporting.com “Nobody knew at the time. He [Trout] just gritted his teeth and went out there. If you look at the film you can see that he injured his ankle.”
After the fight, Trout’s ankle swelled up to the size of an apple where the injury had occurred, and he had to ice it.
The injury kept Trout from driving off of his right foot, which is where he generates his power. It also was the reason why he went down in the 7th because his ankle twisted while he was sliding on the wet canvas. The canvas was too spongy and his team noted that before the fight. I’m not sure why it wasn’t a firm canvas like you see in normal fights, but my guess is it was possibly done to slow Trout down enough for the slower Canelo to catch up to him. If Trout was able to fight as good as he did with an injured ankle just imagine how well he’d do against Canelo with a healthy ankle.
As it turns out, it was Trout who was pressuring Canelo from the 5th round on after Trout learned that he was behind on the score cards that the three judges had come up with. The scores seemed totally out of touch with the actual fight that was taking place and they gave Canelo a huge advantage with the judges seeing him doing the better work despite the fact that he wasn’t throwing hardly any punches.
Shabazz wants to see a rematch between Canelo and Trout, but he doubts it’ll ever happen. He thinks Trout would be a lot better in the rematch, which is probably a good reason why there won’t be one. Shabazz didn’t agree with the scores for the fight and felt the fight was much, much closer.
Like a lot of boxing fans that saw the fight, I Trout beating Canelo based on his superior aggression and the control of the fight. Trout worked three minutes of every round while Canelo looked to be working only 1 minutes and coasting the other two. Trout knew it himself that he’d have to be extra special to get out of the Alamodome with the decision in this fight because this was Canelo’s crowd and he was the home fighter.
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