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Trout: I beat Canelo, and I want a rematch!

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By Dan Ambrose: After having now watched his fight against WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) from last month on April 20th, former WBA junior middleweight champion (26-1, 14 KO’s) now firmly believes that he did more than enough to get the decision against the 22-year-old Canelo in their fight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

However, Trout acknowledged that he needed to do a lot more than just beat Canelo by a close margin to get the decision given that he was facing Golden Boy’s “Golden Goose” in front of 40,000 of his fans in the state of Texas, where there has been controversy in the past.

Trout knew that he was facing one of boxing’s knew money fighters, and so it wasn’t enough to just beat him by a couple of rounds; he had to really dominate Canelo, and he feels he didn’t dominate him to get beyond the hometown and all the other things that were stacked against him in this fight. But clearly Trout feels he won the fight, and many boxing fans agree with him.

Trout said to I Film London “I watched it back. I feel like I won the fight. It was close, and the wide margin they had for this fight was total bullsh***. I want a rematch.”

I totally agree with Trout. The wide scores – 118-109, 116-111 – that two of the judges gave Canelo actually made his win look even more illegitimate than it was already because there’s no way you watch that fight and come to the conclusion that Canelo won the fight by the scores 118-109 and 116-111.

That just made Canelo’s win look totally bogus in the minds of many fans. I would be embarrassed if I was a judge and I came up with scores like that for a fight that we saw. The third judge had Canelo winning the fight by the score of 115-112. I personally had Trout winning by a comfortable decision and I thought it was a clear win for him.

Trout undermined himself immediately after the fight by saying that “the better man won.” He said without having any clue of how the fight looked to the observers that watched the fight. I knew when Trout got around to eventually watching the fight, he’d realize that he actually won the fight.

Trout is wasting his time trying to get another fight with Canelo. It’s not going to happen, and even if it did happen, it would be the same setup with Trout fighting in Texas again under the WBC’s open scoring and I frankly wouldn’t be surprised if the same judges were brought in to judge the fight a second time. In other words, Trout wouldn’t be in the position to negotiate anything at all given that he’s not as popular as Canelo and he doesn’t have a title belt.

Trout would have to take whatever conditions were set up by Canelo’s team. We’re probably talking Texas, open scoring, smaller ring, and who knows what else they would ask for. But Canelo isn’t going to give Trout the rematch, not now, and probably not ever.

Golden Boy BADLY wants to match the much heavier Canelo against Floyd Mayweather Jr. next in September because it would bring a lot of cash to Golden Boy while at the same time make Canelo a more popular fighter win or lose. They don’t want Trout again, especially with how he out-punched and out-landed Canelo.

That’s the funny part about the decision. Trout landed more punches, and threw more punches and worked for the full three minutes of every round compared to a tired looking Canelo fighting for only one minutes of every round, and yet you have the judges giving Canelo the win.

If a Canelo vs. Mayweather fight were to take place, Canelo would likely have a huge 20 pound weight advantage because he’s one of those fighters that doesn’t fight at his weight; he’s a guy that dehydrates down to fight at 154. Mayweather is a fighter that fights right at his weight of 147 in the welterweight division.

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