Trout: Canelo needs to rough Mayweather up
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout thinks WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is going to have to change his fighting style if he wants to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) in their fight on September 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trout thinks Canelo is going to have to get physical and throw more punches than he’s done in the past to get the win.
Trout said to Fighthype “If he [Canelo] can be busy and try to bully Mayweather, he’ll have a better chance of success.”
It’s going to be awfully difficult for Canelo to be busier than he normally is because he’s got stamina issues, and those problems aren’t going to go away with one training camp. I think they’re here to stay. Canelo’s stamina problems are a product of him fighting in a weight class that his body is no longer designed for.
When you lose water weight to get down from 170+ or even the mid-160s the way Canelo does to fight at junior middleweight, the results are you end up with stamina problems because your body has gone through a lot in having to dehydrate dramatically and then putting water back in your system in only 24 hours.
That’s why it’s always better for fighters to fight guys at their weight instead of trying to fight smaller guys to gain an advantage. Canelo should be fighting at 160 or 168 instead of fighting at 154 against welterweights the way he’s doing.
When you take that water weight, it’s going to leave a fighter only able to throw pot shots because their body has been through a huge ordeal of taking off 18-20+ pounds.
The only Canelo can do is try to put pressure on and try to throw more punches to beat Mayweather, but I don’t think Canelo will be able to do it. He’s in the wrong weight class and has been for a while. He needs to move up to 160 or better yet, 168, so when he melts down from the 170s, he only has to lost 5 pounds instead of 18 like he did in his last fight.
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