Austin Trout doubts Canelo will fight him again
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s) was amused recently when he heard Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer saying that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could end up facing the winner of Trout’s December 7th fight against Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Trout doesn’t see Canelo fighting him or Lara, but he’s hoping that Schaefer will make that fight if he gets past Lara. Trout says he feels that he didn’t lose his fight against Canelo earlier this year. He initially agreed that he lost, but after watching the fight on replay, Trout felt that he either won the fight or it should have been scored draw.
Trout also wasn’t happy with the open scoring that was used for the fight, because he felt that it gave Canelo a huge advantage after the three judges’ lopsided scorecards were announced after the 4th round showing that they all had given Canelo almost every round despite the fact that he was getting out-boxed by Trout.
Trout told RingTV “That’s what they’re saying [about fighting the winner of Trout-Lara]. I know that they may be trying to save face, because I know that they don’t want to fight Lara. Now I aso know that they don’t want to fight me again. But at least that’s what they’re talking about, and I’m hoping that they keep their word…did I lose? [to Canelo] Definitely not. I don’t see how he won that fight.”
I agree with Trout on both issues. First off, I don’t think that Canelo will fight him even if he routes Lara next month. Canelo says he plans on fighting three times in 2014, and that means he’s going to need opponents in a bad way. But I don’t think Trout will be in his plans in 2014, 2015 of 2016. If Canelo is hard up for an opponent, I see him pooling from the welterweight division to find an opponent.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. created the blueprint in how to beat Canelo last September in winning a 12 round decision over him. Trout would simply follow Mayweather’s blueprint, without open scoring or Texas, and likely give Canelo a boxing lesson. Trout says it himself that he would have liked to have seen how his fight with Canelo would have gone had it taken place in Las Vegas, Nevada rather than Texas. The open scoring is another thing that would not be used if Trout were to fight Canelo again, and it would be interesting to see how Canelo would do against a fighter that is boxing him for 12 rounds instead of feeling like he has to take the fight to him due to the inflated scores given by three judges.